My World #108: Pelton Wheel at Nevada City.

28 Feb

Read up on Pelton Wheel here. I had to look it up because I had no clue what this was. Sighted at Nevada City, CA.

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Posted by on February 28, 2011 in My World


25 responses to “My World #108: Pelton Wheel at Nevada City.

  1. docgelo

    February 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    water turbines! interesting…
    the anniversary of dedication to nevada is a day closer to my birthday and is actually my youngest brother’s.

  2. EG Wow, Canada

    February 28, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    WOW! Those bolts are huge!

  3. seniorhiker

    February 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    This is an amazing water wheel, but it obviously did the job for many years.

  4. Sylvia Kirkwood

    February 28, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    What a fascinating post and photo for the day!! That’s terrific! Looks like it did it’s job well! Have a lovely week!


  5. bw

    February 28, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Nevada City in California ? hmmm that’s an oxymoron ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Eve (Tranquility... & Turmoil)

    February 28, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    What an interesting history – thanks for sharing it! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I was just about to comment on how our posts are from the same area, but then read (and remembered) that Nevada City is in California. lol.

  7. Martha Z

    February 28, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I do have a special fondness for the pelton wheel as my husband worked many years at a hydro-electric power plant.

  8. kayni

    February 28, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    i thought it was a metal sunflower or some sort of art work at first.

  9. Carver

    February 28, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Not only was it functional the wheel is very attractive. I would have thought it was sculpture if I hadn’t realized it had formerly been a functional water wheel!

  10. Lesley

    February 28, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    That is not exactly a delicate thing is it? Looks very cool.

  11. aka Penelope

    February 28, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    This water wheel served an important purpose but it also reminds me of a sculpture or work or art. The outer spikes make me think of feathers and it doesnโ€™t take too much imagination to see a pair of eyes and a big bulbous nose resting on a ledge. Thanks for sharing this creative piece of history.

  12. Misalyn

    February 28, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Interesting! I did click the link and read the wikipedia info. Nice to know about the Pelton Wheel. Nice find!

    There are mathematical computations too:)) Few hours ago, we were (kids and hubby) talking about Newton’s law because of my son’s homework.

  13. Eileen

    February 28, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Cool looking water wheel. I have only seen ones made of wood. Thanks for sharing.

  14. LifeRamblings

    February 28, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    the water wheel looks amazing. thanks for sharing the history.

  15. Indrani

    March 1, 2011 at 12:59 am

    With lots of technological developments, these have become antique pieces. Very interesting.

  16. lotusleaf

    March 1, 2011 at 1:21 am

    Very interesting!

  17. barb

    March 1, 2011 at 1:35 am

    Great shot of the water wheel. I like the contrast it makes to the stairs rising on the right side of the photo.

  18. Arija

    March 1, 2011 at 1:46 am

    Such a pity that this method of electricity generation has been pushed out of existence by the large networks. It is so much more efficient to distribute electricity locally than through a centralised power source where much is lost over the distance it needs to travel.

    A nice tribute to the ingenuity of former generations.

  19. Joyful

    March 1, 2011 at 5:19 am

    A very interesting looking wheel.

  20. ladyfi

    March 1, 2011 at 6:00 am

    Wow – what a gorgeous shot of the wheel!

  21. Gizelle

    March 1, 2011 at 7:52 am

    surely served its purpose but unfortunately they are now museum pieces ๐Ÿ˜ฆ thanks for the read…

  22. magiceye

    March 1, 2011 at 8:19 am


  23. Alicesg

    March 1, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Oh I learn something new today about the water wheel. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Jill

    March 1, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Cool shot, thanks for the info too. I love Nevada City, and an idealistic little mountain town. I spent some time there this summer, loved it!

  25. Rajesh

    March 1, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Wow! this is wonderful.


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