I have had a quick scroll through the subjects and can't find the answer-Do any of the experts know when the Como Pacific Hotel and the depot have electric power , If so when and where from-Roundhouse generator? The reason is I am ready to light my Hotel and Depot and want to be reasonably correct, I will be using leds for lighting. Paul R.
Jim and all,
I will try and organize some photos tomorrow.-I have just looked at the subjects mentioned , not until the 1960 , that's late. In that case Kero lanterns would have been the only lighting in the rr era, Switching would have been dangerous at night!! Paul R.
Quoting Paul R. "Switching would be dangerous at night!!"Denver in the early 1880s experimented with Arc lamps mounted on tall towers somewhat like the floodlight towers mounted along modern freeways.One of these towers was located near the DSP&P yards and there were Arc lamps mounted on the tower of Denver Union Station.Denver Union Station had electric lighting in the early 1880s.The Brush Arc lamp system didn't last long because there were lots of problems.
You might want to correct me on this, but I believe that I read that Como was the last city in Colorado to receive electric power. I heard a late 1950's date, but that is heresay. You might want to check it out.
I have photos from the 1940's showing electricity in Como.
My understanding is that South Park was supplied initially in 2 directions, from Summit County over Hoosier to Fairplay and with IREA who basically worked their way up US285 from the north I do not know when the supply from Summit came in. IREA also came in from Colorado Springs.
There was a talk about the history of IREA, wish I had attended.