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Ingram, Orrin Henry, 1830-1918 / Autobiography, Orrin Henry Ingram : May, 1830--December, 1912
(1912)

Possible development,   pp. 71-72 PDF (432.4 KB)


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ORRIN HENRY INGRAM
er they are able to develop and furnish for all sorts of manu-
facturing, for they will be in position to furnish power and
light for different centers so much cheaper than these services
can be rendered by creating power by the use of fuel, as many
of our larger cities are obliged to do, where they have no water
power.
               POSSIBLE DEVELOPMENT
   Nearly all of the electric power being used in Eau Claire
for the street railway and the interurban lines, and the lighting
of Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls and Menomonie is now brought
from Cedar Falls dam, twenty-five miles west of here. A large
number of motors are in use in Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls and
Menomonie, for driving manufacturing concerns, and the de-
mand for them is increasing all the time. The power the Chip-
pewa Valley Railway, Light & Power Company has at the Dells
dam is now being largely used by the paper mill, hence the
power it is itself using here comes largely from Cedar Falls and
Menomonie over a high tension line. Besides the power the
company is bringing here, it is sending power to Red Wing,
Minn., and it is about to close a contract to send enough more
power over there to enable the Red Wing people to extend its
lines to Lake City and Wabasha, where they have contracts
with a few flour mills to drive them by electricity. They find
it will be much cheaper for them to get electricity from here
than to use fuel for steam to create power. The company is also
figuring to run power to Altoona, and later on will probably
build an interurban line to Altoona, and very likely another to
Menomonie. It has now machinery installed at Cedar Falls to
use only a quarter of the power available there. The dam is con-
structed for installing wheels as fast as power will be needed.
The Chippewa Valley Railway, Light & Power Company has
dam-sites on the Red Cedar river by which it can develop 25,-
000 to 30,000 horse-power whenever there is a market for it.
   There is now being constructed on the Chippewa river,
about twenty-five miles above Eau Claire, a concrete dam that
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