Sunday, November 18, 2007
Hydro Power Dam in LaSalle
Someone recently was enquiring about the old power dam that was in LaSalle. Here is a picture that I had posted on the 30th of July 2005 and wich I am reproducing. The picture is dated 1910. All that was left of the structure in the 40s and 50s when I lived in Verdun was the cement foundation and we crossed it at our risk. The foundation was replaced by an earth mound.
in the autumn of 1895, about 20 rich Canadians and a rich Chicago businessman joined to form the LACHINE RAPIDS HYDRAULIC AND LAND CO. Their objective was to exploit the energetic resources of the Lachine rapids by uinvesting in the construction of AN electric energy.
A few months later, it is estimated that 400 workers were involved in the construction of the dam. It is to be noted that the invasion of these workers resulted in the construction of boarding houses in the Bronx district.
This hydro project, installed at the extremity of Bishop Power boulevard, was the most powerfull in America after the construction of the American side of the Niagara falls.
The official inauguration was held on the 25th of September 1897. During many years, this hydraulic project produced for the region. In 1931, the project discontinued its activities. At the time it was owned by the MONTREAL LIGHT HEAT AND POWER.