Cazadero Powerhouse & Bridge, Faraday Road, Estacada, Clackamas County, OR
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Faraday Road, Estacada vicinity, OR
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER OR-143
Building/structure dates: 1907 initial construction
Significance: The Cazadero Powerhouse and Bridge are significant for their association with the early development of hydroelectric power generation for the City of Portland and the surrounding areas. Construction of the dam for this hydroelectric project was begun in 1902 by the Oregon Water Power and Railway Company, followed by the construction of the bridge over the Clackamas River and the powerhouse below Faraday Lake. The bridge originally served as a railroad bridge to transport workers and materials to the powerhouse site, and was converted to a vehicular bridge following the completion of the powerhouse in February of 1907, when the first three generators were placed in service. The bridge is a steel deck arch with a pin connected center hinge and a wooden road deck, a rare type in the Oregon context of steel bridges. The powerhouse is a five unit plant as originally designed, and all five generators were operational by August of 1910. The powerhouse originally supplied power to the electric railway running between the plant and the Sellwood area of Portland as well as domestic and commercial consumers. The plant currently provides power only to consumers, as the electric railway has been abandoned. The Oregon Water Power and Railway Company was acquired by Portland General Electric in 1906, and the powerhouse retains its original function as a hydroelectric facility under the ownership of Portland General Electric.
Hydroelectric Power Plants
Brown, George I.
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
TOPOGRAPHIC VIEW OF THE CAZADERO DAM, VIEW LOOKING WEST FROM THE DECK OF THE BRIDGE.
GENERAL PERSPECTIVE VIEW OF CAZADERO BRIDGE, VIEW LOOKING SOUTH.
GENERAL PERSPECTIVE VIEW OF CAZADERO BRIDGE, VIEW LOOKING SOUTH ON WEST SIDE OF BRIDGE.
GENERAL PERSPECTIVE VIEW OF CAZADERO BRIDGE, VIEW LOOKING SOUTH ON EAST SIDE OF BRIDGE.
APPROACH VIEW OF THE CAZADERO BRIDGE, VIEW LOOKING SOUTH.
ELEVATION VIEW OF CAZADERO BRIDGE, VIEW LOOKING SOUTH.
GENERAL PERSPECTIVE VIEW OF THE CAZADERO DAM AND GENERATOR BUILDING, VIEW LOOKING SOUTH.
PERSPECTIVE VIEW OF THE CAZADERO DAM AND GENERATOR BUILDING, VIEW LOOKING NORTHEAST.
GENERAL VIEW OF SUBSTATION AND GENERATOR BUILDING, VIEW LOOKING WEST.
EXTERIOR DETAIL VIEW OF THE GENERATOR BUILDING AND FLUMES, VIEW LOOKING EAST.
INTERIOR DETAIL VIEW OF GENERATOR BUILDING AND EQUIPMENT, VIEW LOOKING WEST.
INTERIOR DETAIL VIEW OF GENERATOR EQUIPMENT, VIEW LOOKING NORTHWEST.
GENERAL PERSPECTIVE VIEW OF FARADAY LAKE DAM ABOVE POWERHOUSE, VIEW LOOKING SOUTHEAST.
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