Camp 9 Powerhouse Pelton Wheel Historical

Camp 9 Powerhouse Pelton Wheel Historical (HM1X3W)

Location: Angels Camp, CA 95222 Calaveras County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 4.53', W 120° 32.752'

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The use of wheels to convert flowing or falling water into power began in ancient Greece around the third to the first century B.C. In 1878 Lester Allan Pelton, a carpenter and blacksmith from Nevada City, invented a new design for an impulse water turbine. Pelton's wheels would eventually become the standard design for exploiting the energy potential of water. Using high pressure and low volume, Pelton's wheel took advantage of the impulse energy of moving water. Water entered the middle of the bucket, splitting into two streams that followed the contour of the bucket and exited out the sides. This highly efficient and revolutionary design allowed the water to transfer most of its kinetic energy to the wheel more so than any previous design. Pelton wheels are still used around the world in the hydroelectric industry. This wheel was used at the Camp 9 Powerhouse on the Stanislaus River until decommissioned and gifted to the museum by P.G&E.
HM NumberHM1X3W
Series This marker is part of the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series
Placed ByAngels Camp Museum, sponsored by Native Sons of the Golden West in memory of esteemed member Millard Smallin
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Date Added Sunday, March 5th, 2017 at 9:02am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees38.07550000, -120.54586667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 4.53', W 120° 32.752'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 4' 31.8" N, 120° 32' 45.12" W
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Area Code(s)209
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 749-753 California 4 Business, Angels Camp CA 95222, US
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