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Tule River Hydroelectric Complex, CA Highway 190 at North Fork of Middle Fork of Tul, Springville, Tulare County, CA



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B&W Photos

HB126469
Oblique View Of Powerhouse Office And Corrugated Metal-clad Maintenance Building, Looking West [90mm Lens]

HB126470
View Along Highway Centerline Toward Powerhouse, Maintenance Building At Left [90mm Lens]

HB126471
Oblique View Of Powerhouse Office And Corrugated Metal-clad Vehicle Garage And Fuel Pump

HB126472
Overview Of Powerhouse Complex And Bridge In Setting Of Tule River Canyon [90mm Lens] 5

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Item Title


Location
CA Highway 190 at North Fork of Middle Fork of Tul, Springville vicinity, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER CA-48
Building/structure dates: 1914 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.

Subjects
Agriculture
Concrete Buildings
Hydroelectric Power Plants


Related Names
Wishon, Albert G.
Mount Whitney Power Company


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. OBLIQUE VIEW OF POWERHOUSE OFFICE AND CORRUGATED METAL-CLAD MAINTENANCE BUILDING, LOOKING WEST [90mm lens]
2. VIEW ALONG HIGHWAY CENTERLINE TOWARD POWERHOUSE, MAINTENANCE BUILDING AT LEFT [90mm lens]
3. OBLIQUE VIEW OF POWERHOUSE OFFICE AND CORRUGATED METAL-CLAD VEHICLE GARAGE AND FUEL PUMP. MAINTENANCE BUILDING IS AT RIGHT CENTER. [90mm lens]
4. OVERVIEW OF POWERHOUSE COMPLEX AND BRIDGE IN SETTING OF TULE RIVER CANYON [90mm lens] 5. 'Twenty-two horses struggling with the 30,000 pound load on the mountain road. Eighteen animals are in front and four are on the push-pole behind.' San Joaquin Light and Power Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 12, December 1913, p. 551. 6. 'One of the big loads leaving Springville. Eighteen horses are marching along with 30,000 pounds on the wagon.' San Joaquin Light and Power Magazine, Vol. I, No. 12, December 1913, p. 552. 7. 'A shape bend in the road, showing how the horses are hitched in 'blocking.' The remainder of the team has been hitched to the block and tackle.' San Joaquin Light and Power Magazine, Vol. I, No. 12, December 1913, p. 553. 8. 'Tule River ...


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