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Safety and Showmanship: Corporate Requirements for the Hardy Hydroelectric Plant (2000)


Consumers Power Company began building dams and hydroelectric plants in Michigan before 1900. The late 1920s found the company planning a peak-load plant requiring a large reservoir. The proposed 100-foot-high dam exceeded by 30 feet any other Consumers Power embankment, a significant increase for a system of lowhead dams. All agreed that the project could be a showpiece, but engineers and executives argued over specifics. They weighed designs for an outsized version of small regional dams against plans for larger embankments built in the West. Resolution of the debate reflects the role that technological conservatism and corporate identity play in solving engineering dilemmas.

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Authors & Contributors
Reynolds, Terry S.
Shimotani, Masahiro
Shiba, Takao
Pauline Desjardins
Nancy Farm Mannikko
Brown, John K.
IA. The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology
Business History Review
Oxford University Press
Bloomsbury Business
Edward Elgar
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
University of North Carolina Press
Industrial archaeology
Business history
Business enterprises
Hydroelectric power
Adolph A. Berle
Beech, Olive Ann
Lewis, Tillie
Rudkin, Margaret
United States
Michigan (U.S.)
Seattle (Washington, U.S.)
Lachine Canal
20th century
19th century
21st century
U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service, Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record
William Sellers
Morgan Stanley
Quincy Mining Company

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