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Smuggler-Union Hydroelectric Power Plant

  • Smuggler-Union Hydroelectric Power Plant

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    Perched on the edge of a 400-foot cliff above Bridal Veil Falls near Telluride, the Smuggler-Union Hydroelectric Plant was built in 1907 to power the Smuggler-Union Mining Company's mines and mills. Today it produces sustainable energy for the town of Telluride.
    Smuggler-Union Hydroelectric Power Plant
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    The Smuggler-Union Hydroelectric Plant was built to power the company's main mill at Pandora, about 2,000 feet below Bridal Veil Falls.
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Richard L. and Suzanne C. Fetter, Telluride: From Pick to Powder (Caldwell, ID: Caxton Printers, 1979).

Katie Klingsporn, “At Bridal Veil, a New Chapter,” Telluride Daily Planet, October 5, 2010.

Katie Klingsporn, “Town to Buy Renewable Energy Certificates from Bridal Veil,” Telluride Daily Planet, August 9, 2012.

Heather Sackett, “Tapping Bridal Veil Falls,” Telluride Daily Planet, July 3, 2012.

Roger Neville Williams, “Smuggler-Union Hydroelectric Power Plant,” National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form (December 7, 1977).

Additional Information: 

Christian J. Buys, “Power in the Mountains: Lucien Nunn Catapults the San Juans into the Age of Electricity,” Colorado Heritage no. 4 (1986).

David Lavender and David G. Lavender, The Telluride: A Tale of Two Towns (Ridgway, CO: Wayfinder Press, 2007).