Potsdam Raquette River Walk - Hydro Site Historical

Potsdam Raquette River Walk - Hydro Site Historical (HM1U4V)

Location: Potsdam, NY 13676 St. Lawrence County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 40.056', W 74° 59.401'

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The Flood of 1871
One Friday afternoon in May, word reached Potsdam that a reservoir dam had broken near Tupper Lake, and Fall Island was evacuated. It took 36 hours for the water to reach Potsdam. On Saturday, the water began to rise rapidly causing the entire sawmill from Hannawa Falls to float into town and lodge against the log booms. Two shops on the northern side of the island washed away, and 40,000 logs owned by Green and Sisson broke from their booms and floated to Norwood.

Hydroelectric Power

The Sugar Island hydroelectric generating station was built in 1922 upstream from Ives Park. The village began producing hydroelectric power at its east dam on Fall Island in 1927, and added a generating station at the west dam in 2010. Today, electricity is generated by 11 dams upstream and six dams downstream from this point, making the Raquette River one of the most productive for its size in the U.S.
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HM NumberHM1U4V
Placed ByEagle Scout project by Alexander G. Well 2010
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 5th, 2016 at 9:03am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 500791 N 4946026
Decimal Degrees44.66760000, -74.99001667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 40.056', W 74° 59.401'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 40' 3.36" N, 74° 59' 24.06" W
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Area Code(s)315
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 17 Maple St, Potsdam NY 13676, US
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