Ames Hydroelectric Station
Posted by: krazykatzen
N 37° 51.900 W 107° 52.935
13S E 246456 N 4194752
Quick Description: The Ames Station is the world's first generating station to produce and transmit alternating current.
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 6/27/2010 3:17:56 PM
Waymark Code: WM94GV
It was 1889, and the owner of the Gold King mine was trying to find a cheaper way to run the mill, since carrying coal over Lizard Head Pass was very expensive. Nikola Tesla had suggested using AC power, since the long distance from the station to the mines would make DC current very inefficient.
Despite the nasty smear campaign by Edison, this station proved in 1891 that AC power is an excellent design for transmission of electricity. Soon, huge power plants were at Niagra Falls and elsewhere, and the rest is history.
Amazingly, the Ames plant is still in use, despite being over 100 years old.
FIRST - Classification Variable: Place or Location
Date of FIRST: 4/1/1891
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