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Near Lander in Fremont County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Popo Agie Power

 
 
Popo Agie Power Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 29, 2016
1. Popo Agie Power Marker
Captions: (top) This hand-tinted photograph from 1920 shows the power plant in operation. Water from a pipeline upstream flowed through turbines in the stone building at the waterís edge generating electricity. The log house was the home for the power plant operator. The photo shows how the ecology of the canyon has changed over the years. Very few trees were growing in the canyon in 1920 due to fires and logging. Today, a lush growth of Douglas Fir trees blankets much of the northwest facing slope.; (bottom right) This dam was built upstream of the Sinks to divert water into a pipeline. The pipeline, originally made of redwood, carried water to the turbines in the power plant at the Rise.
Inscription. In 1919 the Sinks Canyon Hydro Electric Company built a power plant in the canyon to provide electricity for Lander. A dam was built upstream of the Sinks. The dam diverted part of the Popo Agie River into a pipeline which carried the water to the stone power plant at the Rise. The water flow throught (sic) the plantís turbines generated 500 horsepower. Power lines carried electricity from the plant to Lander until 1955, when the plant was closed. Today the stone power plant is empty and the dam upstream is slowly eroding away.
 
Erected by Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources.
 
Location. 42° 45.159′ N, 108° 48.334′ W. Marker is near Lander, Wyoming, in Fremont County. Marker can be reached from Sinks Canyon Road (State Highway 131), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3113 Sinks Canyon Road, Lander WY 82520, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Rise of the Sinks (within shouting distance of this marker); Sinks Canyon - Corridor to the Winds (approx. 0.4 miles away); "The Sinks" (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sinks Canyon
Popo Agie Power Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 29, 2016
2. Popo Agie Power Marker
(approx. half a mile away); Site of Fort Augur (approx. 6.7 miles away); Noble Lane Building (approx. 6.7 miles away); Fremont Hotel (approx. 6.7 miles away); M.N Baldwin Co. (approx. 6.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lander.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located in Sinks Canyon State Park, about 7 miles southwest of Lander.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made Features
 
The ruins of the Popo Agie Power image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 29, 2016
3. The ruins of the Popo Agie Power
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 14, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 106 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 14, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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