Childs Hydroelectric Plant


On March 28, 1908 The Arizona Power Company began construction of the Childs plant. A 40-mile wagon road was built from Childs to Mayer, Arizona, the nearest railroad station. The labor force consisted of 600 men and 400 mules hauling more than 150 wagons. In 1916 construction of the second hydroelectric plant at Irving was completed.

For more than 90 years, the water of Fossil Creek had been diverted by a system of pipes and flumes from its natural course to power the turbines of the Childs and Irving hydroelectric plants. During this time Fossil Creek had been reduced to a mere trickle, compared with the normal one million gallons per hour flow once witnessed by early inhabitants of this region.

On December 31, 2004, APS, the current owner of the hydroelectric system agreed to decommission the hydroelectric plants and the diversion of Fossil Creek's waters.

MEDIUM: Fine art print (unframed)
STANDARD PRINT SIZES: 8×12, 12×18, 16×24
CROPPED PRINT SIZES: 8×10, 11×14, 16×20

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This listing is for an single and unframed open edition print. It is printed on a matte paper that has a lustre finish, which has beautifully saturated colors, a subtle texture, and a slight sheen without being glossy.

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8×10, 8×12, 11×14, 12×18, 16×20, 16×24