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Notes on the Geography of The Western United States: Grass Valley, Nevada City, and Downieville: Photo 8

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Also on display: a 15-ton, 12-foot Pelton Wheel that produced 18,000 horsepower and was used at Drum Power House from 1929 to 1986. The Pelton Wheel, with its distinctive split cup, was invented in nearby Camptonville by Lester Pelton. He patented it in 1880, and the wheel went into production in 1887.

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