Hydro Power has been used in the Pikes Peak Region for 114 years. Chris Thompson of Colorado Springs Utilities has thoroughly researched the Manitou Hydro Plant built in 1905, the Ruxton Hydro Plant built in 1925, and other plants in the area. His illustrated program will cover the six hydroelectric power plants that were built on the slopes of Pikes Peak and how they affected the power and water systems of Colorado Springs. The power generation technology of that era and how the plants function will also be discussed.
Chris has been interested in power plants since high school. In addition to working with Colorado Springs Utilities, he is a model maker and enjoys building working models of machinery in miniature. He can often be found exploring some old abandoned mine site, power house or railroad location, photographing and sketching, with the idea of building a model or making a drawing so the information isn't lost for future generations. Chris is a Colorado Springs native but has traveled all over the country exploring historical sites.
The program will be at the Old Colorado City History Center & Museum, 1 S. 24th street, Colorado Springs starting at 11:00 am. Doors open at 10:30, come early to browse the museum and enjoy refreshments. Seating is limited. Society members free, nonmembers $5. Info 636-1225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.