NRHP: Spalding Power Plant and Dam Site

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Spalding Power Plant & Dam Site

Spalding Power Plant & Dam Site

NRHP Reference #: 98001569

NRHP Listing Date: 19981231


10 County Rd, Spalding vicinity, Greeley County, Nebraska

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The Spalding Power Plant and Dam, located just outside of Spalding, is significant for its association with industry. In 1889 the site originally contained a dam and flour mill. However, a few years after Jacob Vandenburg bought the property in 1901, he began to use the facilities to generate electricity, first for his own use and eventually for all of Spalding. As the demand increased, he improved the power plant by adding diesel engines to supplement the electricity generated by the water powered turbines. Not only does the power plant, dam, and associated properties retain a high degree of integrity, but the original water turbines and diesel engines are still in use.

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