Millrace Hydraulic Canal - Hawks Electric Company

Millrace Hydraulic Canal - Hawks Electric Company (HM17ML)

Location: Goshen, IN 46526 Elkhart County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 35.098', W 85° 50.295'

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Millrace Canal Trail

Built as a source of hydraulic power for Goshen's industries, the Millrace Canal gave rise to a new form of energy in the late 1890's - electricity. In 1898 the energy of the canal was harnessed by the Hawks Electric Company's central generating station, located on this site. The plant supplied electricity for Goshen, Middlebury, Millersburg, Benton, New Paris, Wakarusa, Bremen, Syracuse, and Milford.

Also containing an auxiliary steam plant to generate electricity when water power was low, this site continued to be the main source of electrical energy for the area until the 1920's. The original tailgates building, through which the water of the Millrace flowed, stands today as a reminder of the canal's pivotal role in the transformation of Goshen to a center of industry.
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HM NumberHM17ML
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Placed ByGoshen Parks and Recreation Department
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Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 2:28am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 596836 N 4604348
Decimal Degrees41.58496667, -85.83825000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 35.098', W 85° 50.295'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 35' 5.88" N, 85° 50' 17.70" W
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Area Code(s)574
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 960-1002 Millrace Canal Trail, Goshen IN 46526, US
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