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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Casselman > Coupal Hydro Electric Dam Ruins
Coupal Hydro Electric Dam Ruins
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created by abacab on 2/5/2007 1:46 AM
last modified by abacab on 2/5/2007 2:22 AM
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Type: Outdoors
Status: Semi-Active, unmanned.
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
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Rue Drouin
Casselman, Ontario
Owner: Hydro-Ottawa
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  •  Hazards
  • water
  • Unstable ice in the winter
  •  Interesting Features
    -remains of a 460' dam which has collapsed in spots, but can otherwise be walked across for the most part, carefully, of course

    -ruins of an old powerhouse including two subterranean rooms where the penstocks were located.
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     Historical Dates
    Built: 1910
    Closed: 0
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    JN Coupal estalished his flour mill alongside the South Nation River at High Falls in 1891. A year later, the village of Casselman was incorporated about 1km south near the Canada Atlantic Railway. In 1910 JN Coupal completed construction of a 460' dam across the river, and a hydro-electric generating station capable of producing 125Kw.

    Starting in 1912 Coupal began selling electricity to the village. Demand quickly outgrew supply, and by 1921 the flour mill was closed and Coupal had the capacity to provide power for the expanding village for another 30 years.

    In the 40's supply was once again becoming an issue, so in 1952 the first power transmission line providing power from the grid was introduced. At some point in the ensuing decades the original 1910 structure was abandoned and replaced. A new weir was built upstream with a canal bypassing the original dams, flume and powerhouse. A much smaller powerhouse was constructed very close to the ruins of the original.
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    Content Quality 9 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 2/5/2007 3:35 AM.

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