The Ames Station is the world's first generating station to produce and transmit alternating current.
As you walk into the station, the first thing to fill your eyes is the 3600 kilowatt alternating current generator. This is number 117822 with ouput of 2,400 volts, and 1,082 amperes at a speed of 225 R.P.M. The patent dates are August 25, 1899 - May 15, 1900 - November 20, 1900 - December 2, 1902 and October 4, 1904. General Electric Company of Schnectady, NY.
Two Pelton wheels and flow governor.
Bearing and slip rings.
Generator Brass Tag.
Steve Bennett was our tour guide. The generator's exciter is at the right.
Plant Control Panel
You can hear the steady roar of the Pelton cups on the other side of the road at the spillway.
Plant Site and switch yard.Area History:
Olmstead Hydroelectric Plant
Western Colorado Power Company Collection