2016 Mining History Association

 

Tours of the Historic Telluride Region:

Bridal Veil Falls Power Plant

June 12, 2016

 

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The Bridal Veil Falls Power Plant (ca1907) is located in the basement of the house built at the top of the falls by Bulkeley Wells the infamous Telluride mining manager. The power plant is owned by Newmont Mining.  A lessee restored much of the house in the 1990s.  It is now preserved as part of Newmont Mining’s Idarado Legacy venture.

Our Newmont Mining guide, Larry Fiske, provides some history of the house and power plant along with a few safety reminders about some of the tight spaces inside.  The power plant was originally built to provide electricity to the Smuggler-Union Mine.  The equipment is original and is capable of supplying 25% of Telluride’s power needs.

(Above) The great room, at the east end of house, occupies nearly half of the floor plan of the first floor.  The stairway at the right leads to the power plant.  The walls of all of the rooms in the living areas are covered with wood paneling.

 

(Right) It is truly a room with a view.  The Idarado Mill and the start of the switchback road can be seen on the valley floor.





The library is located to the left of the entrance door.

The dining room and adjoining kitchen are located behind the library.  The kitchen contains this vintage stove


(Left) The bathroom contains these vintage fixtures and a tub in its own room.

 

(Above) This bedroom is on the second floor above the library, dining room, and kitchen.  It was partially remodeled in the 1990s.  Note the teddy bear on the window sill.  An alternative exit is through the small doorway at the rear.

Photos courtesy of Mike Kaas and Susan Canty

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