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Location DB > United States > Michigan > Niles > Niles Hydroelectric Light Dam
Niles Hydroelectric Light Dam
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created by cringe on 1/31/2006 1:39 AM
last modified by fr00tCake on 6/21/2021 2:50 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
Demolished sometime after 2018.
 Basic Information
Type: Building, Dam
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy - it's gone
Recommendation: forget it - It's gone!
 Physical Information
Corner of Pucker St. and North 5th St.
Niles, Michigan
United States
Owner: Niles Electric Company
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     Interesting Features
    Awesome little location. A huge turbine rests inside the main building along with an open hatch to the reservoir beneath the structure. You can also venture underneath the older dam onto rubble that rests in the water. A sturdy ladder is also available to scale to the roof.

    Demolished sometime after 2018.
     Security Measures
     Historical Dates
    Built: 1891
    Closed: 1981
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    Also known as the Pucker Street Dam, the Niles Hydroelectric Light Dam is actually two dams on the same site. Converted in 1891 by the Niles Electric Company from an old wooden dam made up of whole trees and mud initially built as a grist mill dam at the site. It was intended to power the Niles municipal street lights and was soon acquired by the city. A concrete dam was constructed in 1928 over the existing wooden structure.

    After 1908, a larger utility company, the Indiana and Michigan Electric Co. took over most of the city of Niles' electric power needs. By 1981 the Pucker Street Dam supplied only 2% of the city's electrical needs and was used primarily during times of peak needs. At this time the dam is no longer producing electricity.
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    Fri, Jan 27th, 2006
    posted by cringe
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    Beautiful Day
    Tue, Feb 27th, 2007
    posted by Brian Ohm
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    Mon, Mar 6th, 2023
    posted by fr00tCake
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 3/7/2023 1:16 AM.

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  • on Mar 7 23 at 1:16, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Mar 6 23 at 21:24, fr00tCake added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Mar 6 23 at 21:23, fr00tCake created a new gallery
  • on Jun 21 21 at 19:54, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jun 21 21 at 14:50, fr00tCake changed the following: Status, Accessibility, Hazards, Interesting Features, Recommendation, Security Measures, Required Equipment, Description
  • on Mar 20 07 at 15:11, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Mar 20 07 at 15:11, Emperor Wang updated gallery picture nilesdam006.jpg
  • on Feb 27 07 at 17:51, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Feb 27 07 at 6:14, Brian Ohm deleted 1 pictures from gallery Beautiful Day
  • on Feb 27 07 at 6:14, Brian Ohm added some pictures to a gallery
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