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Tule River Hydroelectric Complex, Tule River Bridge, Spanning North Fork of Middle Fork of Tule River, Springville, Tulare County, CA



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B&W Photos

HB135601
View Along Approximate Centerline Of Proposed New Bridge

HB135602
View Along Approximate Centerline Of Proposed New Bridge, With A Closer View Of Flume, Looking Southwest

HB135603
View Along Flume Toward Downstream Side Of Bridge And Powerhouse

HB135604
View Upstream Along North Fork Of Middle Fork Of Tule River, Looking Toward Downstream Side Of Bridge And Powerhouse; Flume At Left

HB135605
View Along Centerline Of Bridge, Looking Southeast Toward Powerhouse

HB135606
View Along Centerline Of Bridge, Looking Northwest

HB135607
Overview Of Bridge And Its Relationship To Powerhouse (at Left) And Associated Maintenance Outbuildings (center) And Powerhouse Maintenance Workers' Houses (upper Center), Looking South

HB135608
Oblique View Of Upstream Side Of Truss, Underside Of Deck

HB135609
Oblique View Of Upstream Side Of Bridge

HB135610
View Along Approximate Centerline Of New Bridge

HB135611
View Along Approximate Centerline Of New Bridge

HB135612
Oblique View Of Downstream Side Of Bridge, Looking Northeast

HB135613
View Of Underside Of Bridge, Showing Tension Rods, Sway Bracing Timber Stringers Carrying Corrugated Metal Deck

HB135614
Overview Of Powerhouse Complex And Bridge In Setting Of Tule River Canyon, Looking Southwest

HB135615
View Of Downstream Side Of Bridge From Top Of Flume, Looking East

HB135616
View Along Centerline Of Bridge Toward Powerhouse (note Building At Right), Looking Southeast

HB135617
View Along Centerline Of Bridge Toward Powerhouse (note Building At Right In Preceding View Appears To Have Been Recently Removed In This View), Looking Southeast

HB135618


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Item Title


Location
Spanning North Fork of Middle Fork of Tule River, Springville+vicinity, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER CA-48-A
Building/structure dates: 1913 initial construction
Significance: The Tule River Hydroelectric Complex is associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of local history: the development of hydroelectric power which made possible the successful expansion of irrigated agriculture in the southern San Joaquin Valley, and in Tulare County, in particular. It is associated with the lives of persons significant in our past: A.G. Wishon was directly and indirectly associated with the three power companies involved, through his founding efforts with Mt. Whitney Power Company and his later retributive efforts against that company, through his development of San Joaquin Light and Power Company, and through his attempted use of ties to Tulare County Power Company against Mt. Whitney Power Company. The plants and their attendant structures and facilities are all typical of construction methods of the first decade of the 20th century. The Tule River Hydroelectric Complex was determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places on January 22, 1982, under Criteria A, B, and C.

Related Names
Wishon, Albert G.
San Joaquin Light & Power Company


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. VIEW ALONG APPROXIMATE CENTERLINE OF PROPOSED NEW BRIDGE. FLUME AT RIGHT CENTER IS FED FROM SMALL DIVERSION DAM ON MIDDLE FORK OF TULE RIVER, LOOKING SOUTH. (65mm lens)
2. VIEW ALONG APPROXIMATE CENTERLINE OF PROPOSED NEW BRIDGE, WITH A CLOSER VIEW OF FLUME, LOOKING SOUTHWEST. (90mm lens)
3. VIEW ALONG FLUME TOWARD DOWNSTREAM SIDE OF BRIDGE AND POWERHOUSE. FLUME IS FED FROM AFTERBAY OF POWERHOUSE. LOOKING NEAST-NORTHEAST. [90mm lens]
4. VIEW UPSTREAM ALONG NORTH FORK OF MIDDLE FORK OF TULE RIVER, LOOKING TOWARD DOWNSTREAM SIDE OF BRIDGE AND POWERHOUSE; FLUME AT LEFT. LOOKING EAST. [90mm lens]
5. VIEW ALONG CENTERLINE OF BRIDGE, LOOKING SOUTHEAST TOWARD POWERHOUSE. [90mm lens]
6. VIEW ALONG CENTERLINE OF BRIDGE, LOOKING NORTHWEST. [90mm lens]
7. OVERVIEW OF BRIDGE AND ITS RELATIONSHIP TO POWERHOUSE (AT LEFT) AND ASSOCIATED MAINTENANCE OUTBUILDINGS (CENTER) AND POWERHOUSE MAINTENANCE WORKERS' HOUSES (UPPER CENTER), LOOKING SOUTH. [65mm lens]
8. OBLIQUE VIEW OF UPSTREAM SIDE OF TRUSS, UNDERSIDE OF DECK. POWERHOUSE AT CENTER, AFTERBAY AT LEFT, LOOKING SOUTH-
9. OBLIQUE VIEW OF UPSTREAM SIDE OF BRIDGE. POWERHOUSE AT FAR LEFT. LOOKING SOUTH [65mm lens]
10. VIEW ALONG APPROXIMATE CENTERLINE OF NEW BRIDGE. JUNCTION OF FLUME FROM MIDDLE FORK OF TULE RIVER (LEFT) AND FROM POWERHOUSE AFTERBAY (RIGHT) AT LOWER CENTER, LOOKING NORTH-NORTHWEST. [90mm lens]
11. VIEW ALONG APPROXIMATE CENTERLINE OF NEW BRIDGE. JUNCTION OF FLUME FROM MIDDLE FORK OF TULE RIVER (LEFT) AND FROM POWERHOUSE AFTERBAY (RIGHT) AT LOWER CENTER, LOOKING NORTH-NORTHWEST. [135mm lens]
12. OBLIQUE VIEW OF DOWNSTREAM SIDE OF BRIDGE, LOOKING NORTHEAST. [65mm lens]
13. VIEW OF UNDERSIDE OF BRIDGE, SHOWING TENSION RODS, SWAY BRACING TIMBER STRINGERS CARRYING CORRUGATED METAL DECK. LOOKING NORTH-NORTHWEST. [65mm lens]
14. OVERVIEW OF POWERHOUSE COMPLEX AND BRIDGE IN SETTING OF TULE RIVER CANYON, LOOKING SOUTHWEST. [135mm lens]
15. VIEW OF DOWNSTREAM SIDE OF BRIDGE FROM TOP OF FLUME, LOOKING EAST. May 14, 1941
16. VIEW ALONG CENTERLINE OF BRIDGE TOWARD POWERHOUSE (Note building at right), LOOKING SOUTHEAST. April 1942
17. VIEW ALONG CENTERLINE OF BRIDGE TOWARD POWERHOUSE (Note building at right in preceding view appears to have been recently removed in this view), LOOKING SOUTHEAST. April 4, 1956


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