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Event:Fish Ladder Tour!
Date:May 19th, 2019.
Time:1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location:Farmington River Power Company
Contact:8606883813
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On Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 1 to 2:30 p.m., take this rare opportunity to tour Windsor’s Rainbow Dam and Fish Ladder and the Farmington River Power Company built by Stanley Works in 1925. You will see historic photographs and learn how the turbines and generators work with Don Zessin, Plant Manager. Then view migrating fish, observe how a fish ladder and fish traps operate, and learn more about fish habits from Bruce Williams of the Inland Fish Division of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Dams in the Rainbow area have harnessed waterpower from 1825 to this day. This site is also significant in the history of power transmission. In 1893, electricity in the form of three-phase alternating current at between four and five thousand volts was transmitted from this location eleven miles south to the Hartford Electric Company Power Station. This was the first time in this country that a public utilities company transmitted electrical power over a considerable distance for commercial use -- an amazing demonstration of electricity’s potential at that time. The fish ladder, a series of 59 interconnected pools, was constructed in 1976 to make it possible for anadromous fish like salmon and shad to return upriver to spawn. You will probably see shad and lamprey. Unfortunately, the hoped-for salmon runs have not materialized, and water turbulence is hard on the shad passing through the pools. A new fish passageway for Rainbow is currently in the design stage.

The cost for this tour is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and $4 for Windsor Historical Society members and Lets Go Arts Card holders. Due to limited space at the fish ladder and power plant, we can only take forty reservations. Please reserve your spot for this program by May 17 by contacting Windsor Historical Society at 860/688-3813, or reserve online at http://bit.ly/FishLadderTour2019. Reservations may be made for up to six people. Parking directions will be provided when you make your reservation.

Photo by Mike Taylor.




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