The first Deschutes power for generating electricity has been used. Last Friday* water was turned into the flume and on to the water wheel In the new power house of the Bend Water, Light & Power Co. This was done to give the plant a thorough testing preparatory to starting the lighting system, probably next week. Everything worked smoothly, there being no hitch in the operation of the machinery.
As soon as an auto-transformer arrives from Portland, which probably will be brought ,in this week by Frank Robertson, all will be in readiness “to turn on the juice” and give Bend its first electric lights. The system and power equipment is the largest and most complete of any in Central Oregon.
Source: Bend Bulletin
* Mirror Pond Editor’s note: “Last Friday” is October 28, 1910.