The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah on February 27, 1977 · Page 141
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The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah · Page 141

Provo, Utah
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Sunday, February 27, 1977
Page 141
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Page 30B-THE HERALD, Provo, Utah, Sunday. February 27 1977 Nunn's Station Historic Power Plant Marked at Canyon Site By LARRY WEIST "This scheme is a gigantic one and will add greatly to provo's prosperity," read an 1895 editorial from the Provo Daily Enquirer. It continued, "This finest water power to be found in the new state (Utah was admitted to the Union Jan. 4, 1896) ought to be utilized, not only for a power plant, but for more factories." , The editorial referred to the Nunn Station, some three miles up Provo Canyon. Though abandoned as a power station for many years, Nunn Station still stands and is owned by Utah Power & Light Co. In 1970, the Utah Historical Society registered it as a national histocial site, Electrical development in this area sometimes forged ahead of that of the industry nationwide, and, in the process, some of the industry firsts and technical contributions were achieved. The Nunn Station had a resounding impact on Utah's development. Prior to UP&L's organization in 1912, electric service in Utah was furnished by three large UP&L predecessor companies and small enterprises confined to population centers, and not yet united into one unit. The Telluride Power Company was one of these predecessor companies. Headed by an entrepreneur named L.L. Nunn, the company earlier had built a power system in southwestern Colorado centering around the mining area of Telluride. Seeking other hydroelectric sites in the intermountain region, Nunn informed directors of Telluride Power of his intent to appropriate waters of the Provo River for hydroelectrical generation. Provo City at that time was a quiet little village made up almost entirely of Mormon residents and was a trading center for the rich irrigated farm country on the shores of Utah Lake. Partly to avoid the resentment against outsiders, and partly to keep operations separate from the power company, investigations and preliminary work were carried on under the name of L.L. Nunn, trustee. In May 1896, Nunn had 75 men at work on a flume and dam in the canyon and had approached Provo City officials for a street - lighting contract. But as work progressed and it became known that an 80-foot dam was to be built, local support changed to opposition. Someone recalled a disaster in Box Elder County resulting from a broken dam, and the Johnstown flood of 1889, just seven years before, which took more than 2,000 lives. Many became apprehensive and publicized their uneasiness. By June, the matter had reached the city council, and speakers condemned the proposed dam as a menace to factories along the river. Some said that the dam would depreciate property and that farmers depending upon water would suffer great loss through evaporation from the reservoir. There also was discussion that the water used to generate electric power would lose some mysterious essence that might make it ineffective later for irrigation usage in the valley. This notion that farmers would suffer recalled a similar rumor that had plagued the Telluride Power Company in Colorado in earlier years. The Nunn Station began generation of power at the end of 1897. Cost of construction including dam, flume and penstocks, was approximately $50,000. UP&L said it would cost about $330,000 today to build the plant. The mining loads in Utah were the principal Wind Chill Factor Explained; Makes Folks Feel Colder Record cold temperatures throughout much of the United States this winter have focused attention upon the wind chill factor, a much misunderstood but extremely important indicator. The wind chill factor, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is the combined effect of temperature and wind upon , your body. As a result, a 30 miles per hour wind £ combined with a temperature of 30 degrees rs Fahrenheit (-1 degree Celsius) can have the same «chilling effect upon you or your pets as a J temperature of -2 degrees Fahrenheit J-19 degrees 5 Celsius) when the wind is calm. ? During periods of low temperature, you feel cold 5 because of the heat loss your body suffers. That heat 1 loss increases as the wind becomes stronger, which •* is why you feel colder when the wind is blowing, and 2 why you should be particularly careful about »frostbite on cold, windy days, meteorologists from •J NOAA's National Weather Service warn. LUNETTES NINAR!' PARIS YOUR MOST IMPORTANT FASHION ACCESSORY . . . Choose from a stunning array of shapes, moods and ideas from the new Nina Ricci Designer collection. 161 Wtit Center, Provo Standard Optical AISO STORII INi Salt Lake, Murray, Granger, logon, Roy, Ogden attractions for L. L. Nunn, and upon completion of the Nunn Station, the first high - voltage transmission line carried power 32 miles across Utah Valley to Captain De La Mar's Golden Gate Mill at Mercur, high on the west flank of the Oquirrh Mountains. The power line skirted the north end of Utah Lake, a few miles west, and extended in a tangent over the mountain to the mill. Transmission was at 44,000 volts, stepped down to 220 volts to drive mill motors. . L.L. Nunn's transformer house, today io ruins on the mountainside, was a substantial building; it constitutes the only walls of the old mill building still standing. It was built of three courses of hard - fired yellow ceramic brick, beautifully laid up. The transmission line to Mercur, built in the summer of 1897, was the first such line in the United States (nearly three times the voltage of any other existing line) as well as the longest transmission line ol any voltage. The 32-mile line to the booming gold mining camp of Mercur was charged Jan. 7, 1898, and led to Mercur being recorded as the first completely electrically equipped mine and mill in the history of the industry. Insulators for the line were specially designed and, because of their being used at this locality, became known as the Provo-type. >fUNN STATION at the mouth of Provo Canyon, now abandoned, was built by industry pioneer L.L. Nunn to furnish power for mines at Mercur west of Utah Lake. The first 44,000 power line in the United States extended from this hydroelectric plant to Mercur, 32 miles to the northwest. Where we take your fun SERIOUSLY! and there's no shortage of fun things at Zinik's. We have a complete line of sporting goods for every sport in Central Utah. In each department we emphasize quality, value and service; name brand products at honest prices, and an experienced staff of professionals to help you make your selection. 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