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Salida in Chaffee County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

The Salida Steam Plant

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 18, 2009
1. The Salida Steam Plant Marker
Inscription. Electricity was introduced in Salida in 1887 when a group of local townsfolk created The Electric Illuminating Company. In 1892 the then-named Salida Light and Power Company built a 1000-kilowatt steam generating plant at this location on the banks of the Arkansas River. The east half of the building housed the generators or dynamos, the west section contained boilers, furnaces and coal storage. The enclosed yard on the west side once held the transformers for the power plant.

Salida Light and Power Company joined with Public Service Co. of Colorado in 1924 and successfully operated the Salida Steam Plant until 1958. By then, cheaper power had become available through the nearby Poncha substation and the Stean Plant was shut down. The building was abandoned and for thirty years it served only as a home of flocks of pigeons. In the late 1980s a visionary group of local townfolk [sic] again banded together to purchase and save the building. Years of hard work and dedication have resulted in the transformation of this historic structure into the pide of the Arkansas Riverwalk.
 
Erected 2006 by Al Packer Chapter No. 100, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location.
The Salida Steam Plant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 18, 2009
2. The Salida Steam Plant Marker
38° 32.262′ N, 105° 59.501′ W. Marker is in Salida, Colorado, in Chaffee County. Marker is on West Sackett Avenue near G Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 220 West Sacket Avenue, Salida CO 81201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Jackson Hotel (approx. 4.9 miles away); Finding Our Routes / New Faces Along the River / Pike Explores the Valley (approx. 6.3 miles away); Christmas 1806 (approx. 6.3 miles away).
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
The Salida Steam Plant image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 18, 2009
3. The Salida Steam Plant
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 20, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 739 times since then and 85 times this year. Last updated on February 9, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 20, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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