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Boise Project, Boise River Diversion Dam, Across Boise River, Boise, Ada County, ID



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Item Title


Location
Across Boise River, Boise vicinity, ID

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER ID-17-A
Building/structure dates: 1912 initial construction
Significance: The Boise Diversion Dam and Powerplant are important components in the Boise Project, a Bureau of Reclamation effort to irrigate the Boise and Payette River valleys in Idaho. The diversion dam, completed in 1908, was one of the first Boise Project structures. It directs water into the New York Canal, which carries water throughout Boise Valley. The powerplant, constructed in 1912, initially provided power to construct Arrowrock Dam, and retains much of its original hydroelectric equipment. The dam and powerplant are listed on the National Register of Historic Places for their contributions to the successful development of the Boise Valley and as an example of early twentieth-century hydroelectric engineering.

Subjects
Dams
Irrigation


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. OVERALL VIEW OF BOISE RIVER AND UPSTREAM FACE OF DAM, WITH HEADWORKS OF NEW YORK CANAL IN LEFT FOREGROUND. VIEW TO NORTH.
2. OVERALL VIEW OF UPSTREAM FACE OF DAM, WITH SPILLWAY IN CENTER FOREGROUND AND POWERHOUSE IN LEFT BACKGROUND. VIEW TO SOUTHWEST.
3. OVERALL VIEW OF DOWNSTREAM FACE OF DAM, WITH SPILLWAY IN LEFT FOREGROUND AND POWERHOUSE IN CENTER BACKGROUND. VIEW TO SOUTH.
4. SPILLWAY OPERATING BRIDGE FROM NORTH ABUTMENT OF DAM, WITH POWERHOUSE IN CENTER BACKGROUND. VIEW TO SOUTHWEST.
5. NORTH AND EAST SIDES OF POWERHOUSE, WITH SPILLWAY OPERATING BRIDGE IN RIGHT FOREGROUND. VIEW TO SOUTHWEST.
6. SOUTH SIDE OF POWERHOUSE, WITH GATE LIFTING GEARS FOR NEW YORK CANAL HEADWORKS IN CENTER FOREGROUND. VIEW TO NORTHEAST.
7. DETAIL OF GATE LIFTING GEARS AND ELECTRIC DRIVE MOTOR (LEFT BACKGROUND) FOR NEW YORK CANAL HEADWORKS. VIEW TO EAST.
8. EAST AND NORTH SIDES OF POWERHOUSE, WITH TRASHRACKS FOR POWER PENSTOCK INLETS IN CENTER FOREGROUND AND NEW YORK CANAL HEADWORKS IN LEFT BACKGROUND. VIEW TO WEST.
9. DETAIL OF UPSTREAM FACE OF NEW YORK CANAL HEADWORKS, WITH POWERHOUSE IN RIGHT BACKGROUND. VIEW TO NORTH.
10. DETAIL OF UPSTREAM FACE OF NEW YORK CANAL HEADWORKS, SHOWING GATE LIFTING GEARS (TOP), WORM GEAR SHAFTS (CENTER) AND SLIDE GATES (BOTTOM). VIEW TO NORTHWEST.
11. DETAIL OF UPSTREAM FACE OF SLUICE GATE CONTROLS FROM CATWALK, SHOWING GATE LIFTING GEARS (TOP) AND GEAR SHAFTS (BOTTOM). VIEW TO SOUTHWEST.
12. DETAIL LOOKING AT DOWNSTREAM APRON OF LOGWAY, WITH ROLLER GATE TRACK IN RIGHT FOREGROUND, POWER PENSTOCK OUTLETS (WITH DRAFT TUBE CONTROL VENTS OVER) IN LEFT BACKGROUND AND NEW YORK CANAL IN EXTREME LEFT BACKGROUND. VIEW TO NORTHWEST.
13. DOWNSTREAM VIEW OF NEW YORK CANAL FROM HEADWORKS, WITH SOUTH SIDE OF POWERHOUSE IN RIGHT FOREGROUND. VIEW TO NORTHWEST.
14. DETAIL OF LOGWAY, SHOWING GATE LIFTING MOTOR (TOP), GATE RACK AND CHAIN (CENTER) AND ROLLER GATE (BOTTOM). VIEW TO SOUTHWEST.
15. DETAIL OF UPSTREAM FACE OF SPILLWAY AND LOGWAY, WITH ROLLER GATE AT LOWER LEFT AND OPERATING BRIDGE AT TOP. VIEW TO NORTH.
16. DETAIL OF UPSTREAM FACE OF SPILLWAY, SHOWING CONCRETE PIERS, OPERATING BRIDGE AND FLASHBOARD FRAMES. VIEW TO WEST.
17. SECOND FLOOR GENERATOR ROOM OF POWERHOUSE FROM SERVICE BALCONY, SHOWING GENERATORS (LEFT AND CENTER) AND CENTRAL CONTROL PANEL (LOWER RIGHT). VIEW TO SOUTH.
18. SECOND FLOOR GENERATOR ROOM OF POWERHOUSE FROM SERVICE BALCONY, SHOWING GENERATORS (CENTER) AND CENTRAL CONTROL PANEL (LEFT FOREGROUND). VIEW TO EAST.
19. SECOND FLOOR GENERATOR ROOM OF POWERHOUSE, SHOWING GENERATORS NO. 3, 2 AND 1 (LEFT-TO-RIGHT). VIEW TO SOUTH.
20. SECOND FLOOR GENERATOR ROOM OF POWERHOUSE, SHOWING GENERATORS NO. 1, 2 AND 3 (RIGHT-TO-LEFT). VIEW TO EAST.
21. DETAIL OF GENERATOR NO. 3, WITH CONTROL MECHANISM FOR TURBINE WICKET GATES IN LEFT FOREGROUND. VIEW TO EAST.
22. DETAIL OF CONTROL MECHANISM FOR TURBINE WICKET GATES OF GENERATOR NO. 3. VIEW TO EAST.
23. GOVERNOR ON CONTROL MECHANISM FOR TURBINE WICKET GATES OF GENERATOR NO. 3. VIEW TO EAST.
24. DETAIL OF RIVETED STEEL FINK TRUSSES IN POWERHOUSE ROOF. VIEW TO SOUTHWEST.
25. DETAIL OF OVERHEAD SERVICE CRANE IN POWERHOUSE. VIEW TO EAST.
26. FRONT OF CENTRAL CONTROL PANEL IN SECOND FLOOR GENERATOR ROOM OF POWERHOUSE. VIEW TO WEST.
27. REAR OF CENTRAL CONTROL PANEL IN SECOND FLOOR GENERATOR ROOM OF POWERHOUSE. VIEW TO NORTHEAST.
28. TRANSFORMERS, WITH COOLING OIL PUMP IN RIGHT BACKGROUND, IN SECOND FLOOR GENERATOR ROOM OF POWERHOUSE. VIEW TO NORTH.
29. FIRST FLOOR REPAIR SHOP IN POWERHOUSE. VIEW TO SOUTHWEST.
30. SHAFT CONNECTING GENERATOR NO. 2 (ABOVE) WITH TURBINE (BELOW). VIEW TO NORTH.
31. AERIAL VIEW OF BOISE DIVERSION DAM. VIEW TO SOUTH. Photocopy of photograph by Glade Walker, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Pacific Northwest Region, September 3, 1978.
32. AERIAL VIEW OF BOISE DIVERSION DAM. VIEW TO NORTH. Photocopy of photograph by Glade Walker, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Pacific Northwest Region, May 1981.
33. Photographic copy of historic photo, July, 1908 (original print filed in Record Group 115, National Archives, Washington, D.C.). GOVERNMENT DAM AND CONTRACTOR'S CAMP, BOISE RIVER.
34. Photographic copy of historic photo, November 22, 1908 (original print filed in Record Group 115, National Archives, Washington, D.C.). HEADGATES BOISE RIVER DAM, LOOKING DOWNSTREAM.
35. Photographic copy of historic photo, November 22, 1908 (original print filed in Record Group 115, National Archives, Washington, D.C.). GOVERNMENT DAM ACROSS BOISE RIVER SHORTLY AFTER COMPLETION. TAKEN FROM WEST SIDE OF RIVER SHOWING ENTRANCE TO TUNNELS AND SECTION OF CANAL.
36. Photographic copy of historic photo, April 11, 1909 (original print filed in Record Group 115, National Archives, Washington, D.C.). GOVERNMENT DAM ACROSS BOISE RIVER AS IT LOOKS NOW. ABOUT 4 FEET OF WATER IN THE CANAL AND ABOUT THE SAME AMOUNT GOING OVER SPILLWAY.
37. Photographic copy of historic photo, March 20, 1912 (original print filed in Record Group 115, National Archives, Washington, D.C.). BOISE DIVERSION DAM. POWER HOUSE CONSTRUCTION.
38. Photographic copy of historic photo, May 23, 1912 (original print filed in Record Group 115, National Archives, Washington, D.C.). DIVERSION DAM AND POWER PLANT, COMPLETED.
39. Photographic copy of historic photo, October 24, 1910 (original print filed in Record Group 115, National Archives, Washington, D.C.). ONE OF THE LARGE DREDGES USED IN EXCAVATING AND WIDENING THE MAIN CANAL.
40. Photographic copy of historic photo, October 24, 1910 (original print filed in Record Group 115, National Archives, Washington, D.C.). WIDENING THE MAIN CANAL.
41. Photographic copy of historic photo, October 24, 1910 (original print filed in Record Group 115, National Archives, Washington, D.C.). PREPARING FOR LINING THE MAIN CANAL; VIEW LOOKING FROM LINED SECTION TO UNLINED SECTION.
42. Photographic copy of historic photo, October 22, 1910 (original print filed in Record Group 115, National Archives, Washington, D.C.). LINING THE MAIN CANAL JUST BELOW THE DAM, BOISE CANYON.
43. Photographic copy of historic photo, October 24, 1910 (original print filed in Record Group 115, National Archives, Washington, D.C.). OVER 200 LABORERS COMING INTO CAMP AND LINING UP FOR DINNER. NOON HOUR AT THE WORKS, MAIN CANAL.
DETAIL OF GENERATOR, EXCITER AND GOVERNOR NO. 2 VIEW TO EAST
DETAIL OF GENERATOR ROTOR AND STATOR IN SECOND FLOOR GENERATOR ROOM OF POWERHOUSE, VIEW FROM TOP
DETAIL OF FRONT OF CENTRAL CONTROL BOARD EXCITATION AND SWITCHYARD PANELS IN SECOND FLOOR GENERATOR ROOM OF POWERHOUSE, VIEW TO WEST
DETAIL OF FRONT OF CENTRAL CONTROL BOARD EXCITATION PANELS IN SECOND FLOOR GENERATOR ROOM OF POWERHOUSE, VIEW TO WEST
DETAIL OF TRANSFORMER BLOWERS AND DRIVE MOTORS ON SECOND FLOOR GENERATOR ROOM OF POWERHOUSE, VIEW TO SOUTH
DETAIL OF 30-TON CHAIN-OPERATED BEAM CRANE IN POWERHOUSE, VIEW TO WEST
DETAIL OF 30-TON CHAIN-OPERATED BEAM CRANE IN POWERHOUSE, VIEW TO NORTH
MACHINE SHOP IN FIRST FLOOR OF POWERHOUSE, VIEW TO NORTH
DETAIL OF 12-FOOT-HIGH BY 9-FOOT-WIDE BUTTERFLY INTAKE GATE TO TURBINES, VIEW FROM BELOW
Photographic copy of photograph, Walter Lubken, photographer, 1908 (original print located at U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Pacific Northwest Regional Office, Boise, Idaho). GOVERNMENT FORCES CONSTRUCTION CAMP AT THE BOISE RIVER DIVERSION DAMSITE BEFORE BEGINNING OF CONSTRUCTION ON DIVERSION STRUCTURE
Photographic copy of photograph, photographer unknown, 1908 (original print located at National Archives and Records Administration, Denver, Colorado). "CONSTRUCTION - BOISE RIVER DIVERSION DAM."
Photographic copy of photograph, photographer unknown, 1908 (original print located at National Archives and Records Administration, Denver, Colorado). "CONSTRUCTION - BOISE RIVER DIVERSION DAM."
Photographic copy of photograph, photographer unknown, 1908 (original print located at National Archives and Records Administration, Denver, Colorado). "CONSTRUCTION - BOISE RIVER DIVERSION DAM."
Photographic copy of photograph, photographer unknown, 1908 (original print located at National Archives and Records Administration, Denver, Colorado). "HANDLING ROCK - BOISE RIVER DIVERSION DAM."
Photographic copy of photograph, photographer unknown, 1908 (original print located at National Archives and Records Administration, Denver, Colorado). "CONSTRUCTION - BOISE RIVER DIVERSION DAM."
Photographic copy of photograph, photographer unknown, 1908 (original print located at National Archives and Records Administration, Denver, Colorado). "CONSTRUCTION - BOISE RIVER DAM" WITH FOOT BRIDGE IN FOREGROUND
Photographic copy of photograph, photographer unknown, 1908 (original print located at National Archives and Records Administration, Denver, Colorado). "CONSTRUCTION - BOISE RIVER DIVERSION DAM" WITH OVERFLOW SECTION IN FOREGROUND
Photographic copy of photograph, Walter Lubken, photographer, 1910 (original print located at U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Pacific Northwest Regional Office, Boise, Idaho). "GOVERNMENT FORCE ACCOUNT CAMP BELOW BOISE RIVER DIVERSION DAM ON WESTERNLY [sic] BANK."
Photographic copy of photograph, Walter Lubken, photographer, 1910 (original print located at U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Pacific Northwest Regional Office, Boise, Idaho). VIEW OF BOISE DIVERSION DAM UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Photographic copy of photograph, Walter Lubken, photographer, 31 August 1911 (original print located at U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Pacific Northwest Regional Office, Boise, Idaho). BOISE RIVER DIVERSION DAM AND POWERPLANT CONSTRUCTION
Photographic copy of photograph, photographer unknown, 20 March 1912 (original print located at National Archives and Records Administration, Denver, Colorado). "DIVERSION WORKS AND POWER HOUSE CONSTRUCTION"
Photographic copy of photograph, photographer unknown, 20 March 1912 (original print located at National Archives and Records Administration, Denver, Colorado). "INTERIOR OF POWER HOUSE BEFORE COMPLETION"
Photographic copy of photograph, photographer unknown, 17 April 1912 (original print located at National Archives and Records Administration, Denver, Colorado). "POWER PLANT CONSTRUCTION AT DIVERSION DAM"
Photographic copy of photograph, photographer unknown, 23 May 1912 (original print located at National Archives and Records Administration, Denver, Colorado). "GENERATORS IN POWER PLANT; DIVERSION DAM"
Photographic copy of photograph, photographer unknown, 23 May 1912 (original print located at National Archives and Records Administration, Denver, Colorado). "SWITCHBOARD IN POWER PLANT AT DIVERSION DAM"
Photographic copy of photograph, photographer unknown, 20 March 1913 (original print located at National Archives and Records Administration, Denver, Colorado). "ROLLING DAM AT DIVERSION DAM"
Photographic copy of photograph, photographer unknown, 20 March 1913 (original print located at National Archives and Records Administration, Denver, Colorado). "ROLLING DAM IN SPILLWAY AT DIVERSION DAM"
Photographic copy of photograph, photographer unknown, 1956 (original print located at U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Pacific Northwest Office, Boise, Idaho). "BOISE RIVER DIVERSION DAM AND POWERPLANT, SHOWING SPILLWAY"
Photographic copy of photograph, photographer unknown, 1956 (original print located at U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Pacific Northwest Office, Boise, Idaho). "INTERIOR OF POWERPLANT AT BOISE RIVER DIVERSION DAM"
Photographic copy of construction drawings, U.S. Reclamation Service, 22 March 1912 (original drawing located at U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Snake River Area Office, Boise, Idaho). "PLAN VIEW - BOISE POWER PLANT"
Photographic copy of construction drawings, U.S. Reclamation Service, 2 July 1912 (original drawing located at U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Snake River Area Office, Boise, Idaho). "BOISE POWER PLANT AND DIVERSION DAM"
Photographic copy of construction drawings, U.S. Reclamation Service, 9 October 1936 (original drawing located at U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Snake River Area Office, Boise, Idaho). "BOISE RIVER DIVERSION DAM - FLASHBOARD CREST"
Photographic copy of construction drawings, U.S. Reclamation Service, 16 July 1941 (original drawing located at U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Snake River Area Office, Boise, Idaho). "BOISE RIVER DIVERSION DAM AND POWER PLANT - GENERAL MAP OF GROUNDS


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