Site of the Former Tallassee Shoals Hydroelectric Facility, Athens, Georgia   25 comments

Above:  Map of the Former Tallassee Shoals Hydroelectric Facility

Historic American Engineering Record, Creator, Jerrald A Moore, and Betty A Smith. Tallassee Shoals Hydroelectric Facility, Middle Oconee River, Athens, Clarke County, GA. Athens Clarke County Georgia, 1968. Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/ga0489/. (Accessed November 05, 2017.)

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I have cropped the image from above and marked on a copy thereof.

From 1902 to 1960 the Tallassee Shoals Hydroelectric Facility was operational.  Part of the site became Ben Burton Park in 1971.  For nearly six decades vegetation has continued to grow and the physical reality on the ground has changed, but parts of the former facility have remained.

The headrace wall is intact, for example.  One can sit on a bench beside Poss Creek and get a good look at it.

Above:  The Headrace Wall

Historic American Engineering Record, Creator, Jerrald A Moore, and Betty A Smith. Tallassee Shoals Hydroelectric Facility, Middle Oconee River, Athens, Clarke County, GA. Athens Clarke County Georgia, 1968. Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/ga0489/. (Accessed November 05, 2017.)

Atop the headrace wall are these two structures, which I photographed on October 24, 2017.

There also seem to be remnants of the dam.

Photograph Dated October 24

I took the photograph will standing on a stone structure beside the Middle Oconee River.

Look in the middle and notice the stone structure.  I know of two such structures with a wall between them.  These structures are just outside Ben Burton Park.

One cannot tell from the photograph above, but a gap exists between two stone structures.  Is that gap an old headrace gate?

Perhaps the following structures are remnants of headraces on the edge of the clearing and just outside the park.  There are gaps between the structures.  Are those gaps also old headrace gates?

Photographs Dated October 24, 2017

Photographer = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Some parts of the former hydroelectric facility are gone, however.

Above:  The Powerhouse Foundation

Historic American Engineering Record, Creator, Jerrald A Moore, and Betty A Smith. Tallassee Shoals Hydroelectric Facility, Middle Oconee River, Athens, Clarke County, GA. Athens Clarke County Georgia, 1968. Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/ga0489/. (Accessed November 05, 2017.)

The powerhouse foundation no longer exists, but the image tells me where it was–at the spot where the clearing running from beside Friendship Christian Church to the park terminates at the park, onto dry land.  Today a low stone wall is visible at the location of the former powerhouse foundation.

The dam, dating from 1895, no longer exists, either.

The past is interesting, is it not?

Today the park and the vicinity thereof is a popular destination for those of us who like to wander on woodland trails and spend time in the great outdoors.  We tread on historic ground converted to public use.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 5, 2017 COMMON ERA

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25 responses to “Site of the Former Tallassee Shoals Hydroelectric Facility, Athens, Georgia

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