2016 Mining History Association

 

Tours of the Historic Telluride Region:

Illium Power Plant

June 12, 2016

 

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(Above) The Illium Power Plant, now repurposed as a church camp, is located a short distance west of Telluride.  It was one of the early AC power plants that supplied electricity to the mines.

 

(Right) The route of the penstocks is visible in the cleared area on the hillside.


The MHAers listen to the story of the power plant and examine early photographs of the power plants and mines on the power grid.

Meanwhile, the group is waiting for its jeep driver, John, to arrive.  He was dispatched to pick up a previously injured and rehabilitated critter for release.



(Left) John prepares for the release.

 

(Above) The critter has been successfully “released”….or has he?



Pat holds the “critter” while Diane records the historical moment and John explains how his trick box works.


“Have you heard about the time I pulled this trick on a Forest Service supervisor?”


Photos courtesy of Mike Kaas

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