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1944 - butterfly valve and intake pipe at Ruskin power plant, British Columbia

RUSKIN POWER PLANT

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Electric Power Plants

January 29, 1944

Butterfly valve and intake pipe at Ruskin power plant, British Columbia

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Power plant installation at Bonneville dam was completed by the United States army engineers on December 14, 1943, when the tenth and final generator was placed in service to bring the total rated capacity of the plant to 518,400 kilowatts.

Together, the Bonneville and Grand Coulee power plants form one of our nation’s greatest weapons of war. Columbia river hydroelectric power from these two dams is turning out nearly one-third of America’s aluminum and tremendous quantities of other vital war metals, chemicals and alloys.

In the construction of Bonneville dam, the army engineers provided for the transportation of both fish and man into the upper river. Giant fish ladders and elevators carry the Columbia’s famous Chinook salmon to their spawning grounds upstream, and the world’s highest single lift lock permits ocean-going vessels to travel up-river as far as The Dalles, 187 miles from the Pacific ocean.

WAR WEAPON
This 535-ton rotor being lowered into place is at Grand Coulee Dam.

Columbia River hydro-electric power from the Bonneville and Grand Coulee dams is turning out nearly one-third of America’s aluminum and tremendous quantities of other vital war metals.

In the construction of Bonneville Dam, giant fish ladders and elevators were provided to carry the Columbia’s famous Chinook salmon to their spawning grounds upstream, and the world’s highest single lift lock permits ocean-going vessels to travel up-river. 


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