Tallassee Shoals II: Tailrace   1 comment

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 11, 2017.)

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This post is part of a series that began with this entry.

At the base of the hill on which I reside is Ben Burton Park, which occupies part of the site of the former Tallassee Shoals Hydroelectric Facility in Athens-Clarke County.  Remnants of the dam (built in 1895) are evident just outside the park.  Inside and outside the park one can find remains of stone walls and gates also.

The purpose of this post is to focus on one aspect of the former hydroelectric facility, in operation from 1902 to 1960.  That aspect is the tailrace, which is dry land in 2017.

Above:  View Looking Down the Tailrace from the West Side of the Powerhouse

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 11, 2017.)

The site looks nothing like this in 2017.

Above:  Ben Burton Park, November 9, 2017

Photographer = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Look at the right side of the photograph, O reader.  There is a beaten path, the site of which used to be the tailrace.  More modern photographic evidence follows.

Above:  Ben Burton Park, from Beside the Site of the Former Powerhouse Foundation and Looking Toward the Park Entrance and the Headrace Wall, November 11, 2017

Photographer = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

The following image, therefore, was of an area that has become parkland.

Above:  View Looking up the Tailrace from the Dike

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 11, 2017.)

Arriving at this conclusion required studying the diagram at the top of this post, walking in Ben Burton Park, examining the lay of the land, and pondering all the available evidence.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 11, 2017 COMMON ERA

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  1. Pingback: Guide Post: Site of the Former Tallassee Shoals Hydroelectric Facility, Athens, Georgia | SUNDRY THOUGHTS

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