West Side Water Power Canal

Historical Timeline of Grand Rapids West Side Water Power Canal

1865–66 — William Thompson Powers purchases riparian lands along the western or right bank of the Grand River situated along the Rapids, nearly a mile in length.
1866 — A Water Power Rights Contract is agreed to between the West Side Water Power Canal Company and Grand Rapids Water Power (East) Canal Company
1866–68 — Construction of the West Side Water Power Canal beginning at the head of the rapids and heading south.
1867–68 — The first structure completed in January 1868 for hydropower is Powers’ Lumber Mill
1868 — January — Alfred Osgood Currier, a brother-in-law of William T. Powers, exhibits a new improved turbine water-wheel in the Powers’ Lumber Mill
1868 – Sep 30 — West Side Water Power Canal is complete and water let in the full length of it.
1880 – Sat 24 Jul — First public use of Hydroelectric Power in North America.

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