The Loneliest Hydroelectric Station

Today’s post is a particularly old photograph of mine–so old, in fact, that you’ll have to pardon the fact that it was taken before I owned a DSLR. I happened upon it the other night, and it was so lovely that I just couldn’t resist processing and posting it.

Above Bridal Veil Falls, in the box canyon cliffs surrounding Telluride, CO, is this building. At first, it looks to be a lonely house, but the truth is far more fascinating: it is the second AC hydroelectric power station in the United States. The facility was restored in the 1980’s, and still provides 1/4 of the power to the little town of Telluride in the distance.

The Loneliest Hydroelectric Station

3 thoughts on “The Loneliest Hydroelectric Station”

  1. Gorgeous photograph–The American landscape is dotted with mysterious utilitarian structures whose purpose is anyone’s guess. This one is particularly picturesque!

  2. I miss Colorado so much! I use to live in Colorado Springs, Colorado and it was the most beautiful and peaceful place I had ever lived! I was 15 minutes from all of the amazing attractions like Seven Falls, GoldCamp Road, Cave of the Winds, Helen Hunt Falls, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Manitou Springs, ohh I could go on and on! I am absolutely thrilled that I may get to go back home in January for another couple of years!!! Great shot! You definitely did it justice!! Love it!!

    1. Thanks! I’m glad you approve. The week I visited feels almost unreal. (Though that might have been the elevation!)

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