Dam Progressess

Dam Progresses

Solid Rock Fill Nears Completion.
Backed Up Water Makes Beautiful Pond By Town. 

The work on the power dam across the Deschutes at Bend has made great progress during the last few weeks, the final filling of rock being about half completed Already the course of the river has been almost entirely diverted from the main channel into the spillway, and the water backed up to the bend in front of the Drake house.

The dam, a solid rock fill, is 250 feet in width, 18 feet high, and will raise the water 14 feet when the spillways are closed. The spillway construction consists of a rock-fill crib with 12×12 inch timbers, all bolted to solid rock foundation, and is 250 feet long. Five gates have been installed in the spillway, two of which will be connected by a flume with a 50-inch turbine wheel with 210 horsepower capacity, which will be employed for generating electricity until the railroad’s advent makes practicable the completion of the big permanent power plant.

At the lower end of the spillway provision has been made for a log gate, to afford passage for logs through the dam if necessary. A fish ladder will be constructed to enable trout to get over the dam.

A remarkably beautiful pond will result from the dam’s completion, which, situated directly beside the town, will add a notable feature to Bend’s list of attractions.

Source: Bend Bulletin 1910-06-01

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