Build For The Future - The Story of Victoria Hydro -Victoria Dam


The Victorian Dam, a hydroelectric station on the Ontonagon River. A feat of engineering, built under primitive conditions, complicated by location and beset by weather. his is the story of Victoria Dam, a hydroelectric generating station on the Ontonagon River system in Michigan's western Upper Peninsula. In January 1931, Victoria was place in commercial operation to meet the growing power needs of the region's mining and forest products industries. It was a remarkable feat of engineering - built under primitive conditions, complicated by a difficult location, and beset by extremes of weather.

Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) has been the steward of Victoria Hydro since 1947. That year, UPPCO was formed through the merger of three smaller utilities, including Copper District Power Company, the original owner of the facility. The many preservation and improvement projects at Victoria over the last half century bear witness to UPPCO's commitment to clean, domestic, and renewable sources of energy.

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