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Cascade Locks in Hood River County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
 

This Old Turbine

 
 
This Old Turbine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 5, 2006
1. This Old Turbine Marker
Inscription. For nearly 60 years this turbine helped make power at Bonneville Dam. Throughout these years it has meant different things to different people at different times. During installation, it meant jobs to help people recover from the Great Depression. A few years later, it helped provide power to build aircraft and ships for World War II. After the war it helped the Northwest economy grow and prosper. This turbine was from Unit 3. While running, it continuously helped generate power for about 25,000 homes.

Fascinating facts:
In service date: 9 January 1941; Out of service for replacement: 24 July 2000; Years in service: 59.5; Rotating speed: 75 revolutions per minute; Lifetime electrical generation: 22,159,657,000-kilowatts hours; Value at $12 a megawatt hour (wholesale): $265,915,884; Water used for generation: 96,000 gallons a second; Weight: 123 tons; Horsepower: 74,000; Manufacturer: S. Morgan Smith.

Outer edges of this turbine moved 663,600 feet an hour. At an average time in service of 7,900 hours a year, they traveled over 59 million miles, more than 100 round trips to the moon.

(Inscription under the photo in the center)
Assembling turbine for unit 4, May 29, 1940.
 
Location. 45° 38.511′ N, 121° 56.572′ W. Marker is in Cascade

Entrance to the Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 5, 2006
2. Entrance to the Visitor Center
Locks, Washington, in Hood River County. Marker is on Star Route. Touch for map. This marker is on Bradford Island and the Bonneville Dam property operated by the U.S. Corps of Engineers. Marker is in this post office area: Cascade Locks OR 97014, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bradford Island Fishway (within shouting distance of this marker in Oregon); Sturgeon Habitat (approx. 0.8 miles away in Oregon); Beacon Rock (approx. 0.9 miles away in Oregon); Lewis and Clark Trail (approx. 3.7 miles away); a different marker also named Beacon Rock (approx. 3.9 miles away); Simon Benson (approx. 9 miles away in Oregon); Welcome to Multnomah Falls (approx. 9 miles away in Oregon); Discover Wahkeena Falls (approx. 10.1 miles away in Oregon). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cascade Locks.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWar, World II
 
Sign at the entrance to Bradford Island Bonneville Dam image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 5, 2006
3. Sign at the entrance to Bradford Island Bonneville Dam
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 22, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 266 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 22, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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