Swan Falls Dam - Sinker Butte, Idaho, USA

This is a view of the northeast side of Sinker Butte and a view of the Swan Falls Dam on the Snake River taken from the canyon rim above.

Sinker Butte is a 3,421 foot (1,042m) high erosional remnant of a large basaltic tuff cone located in Owyhee County, Idaho, USA.  The top is a rather featureless plain gradually rising to a slight rocky crest near the center.  The view from there is exceptional as the next higher land elevation is the foothills of the Owyhee Mountains 8-10 miles away.

Swan Falls Dam is a concrete dam on the Snake River in Idaho, USA.  It is near Kuna and Murphy, Idaho.  The dam was built in 1900-1901 as a hydro-electrical power plant, originally to service the booming mining town of Silver City 28 miles to the south.  It began operation on April 10, 1901.

Swan Falls is the oldest hydroelectric dam on the Snake River.  It is located at river-mile 458.  It was been upgraded a number of times and in 1994 the original power plant was converted to a museum and a new plant constructed - just beside the old one.  The new power plant generates about 25 times the power the original old plant did (900 KW vs 25,000 KW).  The dam and old power plant are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Copyright: Calvin K Mc Donald
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 19482x9741
Taken: 08/12/2011
Uploaded: 18/12/2011
Updated: 13/08/2014


Tags: swan falls; snake river; sinker butte
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