2016 Mining History Association

 

Tours of the Historic Telluride Region:

Bridal Veil Falls Power Plant

June 12, 2016

 

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(Left) The water that drives the power plant turbine comes from a reservoir located higher up in Bridal Veil Basin.  It is fed by spring snowmelt.

 

(Above)  The MHAers pause on the bridge which crosses Bridal Veil Creek just before it becomes Bridal Veil Falls.  The creek flows into the San Miguel River on the valley floor.


(Above) The mist rises as Bridal Veil Falls plunge over the valley wall just to the left of the porch.

 

(Right) The Bridal Veil Falls plant is the second oldest AC power plant in the country.  Diane Dudley enters the power plant area through this stained glass door.




The Pelton wheel turbine assembly has a brass “porthole” to observe its operation.

The AC generator is directly linked to the Pelton wheel turbine.

This close-up view shows one of the Pelton wheel turbine buckets and the nameplate.


The water supply pipe for the City of Telluride exits the right end of the building.

Photos courtesy of Mike Kaas and Susan Canty

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