We just returned from a 3-day backpacking trip to the old Skaguay Power Plant in Colorado. 5 miles of mountainous terrain…the toughest hike I’ve done…this was my 2nd trip!
Construction of the Skaguay Dam and Power Plant began in 1899. The Skaguay dam is the first steel-reinformed, rock faced dam in the world. From the dam, 5 miles of 30" diameter pipe, made of wood and metal rings, ran to the power plant. It then dropped 1,165' through a metal pipe to produce the pressure needed to turn the turbines. Thru an architectural error, the piping was 100' too low on the hill, resulting in only enough pressure to turn three of the four turbines. The power plant was abandon in 1965 after the Gillett dam burst and flooded the Skaguay reservoir and plugged up the pipes feeding the plant.