Adams Plant Number

Now that we have seen the entire progression of electrical power development at Niagara Falls, let's go back now to the first Adams Plant and examine some of its details. In Figure 7, we see the actual plant. The next figure shows the interior of the plant with Board of Directors of the Cataract Construction Company, all wearing the same style hat, including Edward Adams himself, (the shortest man with the biggest moustache). Notice the relative size of just one of Tesla's generators, lowering above the men.

Figure 7. Adams Plant Number One. - Niagara Falls Power Company.

Figure 8. Board of Directors of the Cataract Construction Company. - Niagara

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Figure 8. Board of Directors of the Cataract Construction Company. - Niagara

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Figure 9. Interior of Adams Plant Number One Powerhouse. - Niagara Falls Power

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Figure 9. Interior of Adams Plant Number One Powerhouse. - Niagara Falls Power

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Figure 10. Diagram of Adams Plant One Power Distribution. - Niagara Falls Power Company. Notice that 11,000 volts of 3-phase AC power (top) is being sent to Buffalo, mostly converted into 550 volts DC for railways and the first street lights in the nation.
Figure 12. Street map of Niagara Falls showing location of the Adams Plant.
Figure 13. Huge arc formed when opening early DC circuit breaker. - NF Power Co.

These illustrations were taken from various historical books that provide a detailed record of the Niagara Falls Power Company from its inception. In Figure 9, we can see a beautiful shot of the interior of the completed Adams Plant #1, with all of the 5000 hp generators visible. The text noted that two plants were planned each with a 50,000 hp capacity. Figure 11 shows an aerial view from an old Niagara Falls Power Company map. (Niagara Falls was officially incorporated as a city only a few years earlier in 1892.) The Falls are close by. Both Adams Plants are shown in the street map, though I've highlighted the Number One plant. Figure 10 is especially interesting since we can see the 140 foot drop below the Adams Plant where the long generator shafts had to reach, as well as who received the electrical power. Besides a few companies in Niagara Falls, we see that Buffalo, at the bottom, received 11,000 volt, 3 phase power, as well as some DC power too.

Ever wonder what it is like trying to stop 11,000 volts at a few thousand amperes? Well, Figure 13 shows the results. A huge arc is generated by the circuit breaker, used on the early Buffalo circuit. Figure 14 shows the transmission lines to Buffalo, following the tradition of telegraph lines, the only example available at the time.

Figure 14. Repair wagon and First Buffalo transmission line. — Niagara Falls Power Company.
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