Building Oregon

Gold Ray Hydroelectric Project (Central Point, Oregon)

Title
Gold Ray Hydroelectric Project (Central Point, Oregon)
LC Subject
Architecture, American Architecture--United States
Alternative
Gold Ray Powerhouse (Central Point, Oregon) Gold Ray Dam (Central Point, Oregon) Fish Ladder, Gold Ray Hydroelectric Project (Central Point, Oregon)
Creator
Hunter, W. F. Gault, J. L. Howard, J. S. Boyle, John C.
Creator Display
W. F. Hunter (geologist) J. L. Gault (construction superintendent) J. S. Howard (construction superintendent) John C. Boyle (engineer)
Description
This image is included in Building Oregon: Architecture of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, a digital collection which provides documentation about the architectural heritage of the Pacific Northwest.
View
Document: Historic American Engineering Record, Gold Ray Hydroelectric Project, HAER no. OR-164. Prepared by George Kramer, Kramer & Company, Ashland, Oregon, for Jackson County Roads and Parks Department, August 2010
Provenance
Design Library, University of Oregon Libraries
Temporal
1900-1909 1940-1949
Work Type
architecture (object genre) built works views (visual works) exterior views hydroelectric power power plants hydraulic structures fishways
Location
City of Central Point >> Oregon >> Pacific Northwest Tolo >> Jackson County Jackson County Oregon >> Pacific Northwest United States
Street Address
The Gold Ray Hydroelectric Project, at 8628 John Day Drive, Central Point, Oregon, occupies a 26.02 acre site on the Rogue River, north of the unincorporated town of Tolo, in Jackson County, Oregon. The site is designated as Tax Lot 300 on Jackson County Assessors Plat 362W18 and is shown on the Sams Valley USGS 7.5’ quadrangle (Provisional edition, 1983). The site UTM references are Zone 10, North (y) (meters): 4698244.760, East (x) (meters) 501310.504
Date
1941 1902/1904
View Date
2010
Identifier
HAER_OR-164_GoldRayNarrative.pdf
Rights Holder
University of Oregon
License
Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Type
Image
Format
application/pdf
Set
Building Oregon
Primary Set
Building Oregon
Institution
University of Oregon
Note
The Gold Ray Hydroelectric Project, consisting of the Gold Ray Powerhouse, Dam, Fish Ladder and associated features, was the first hydroelectric facility on the Rogue River and the first large-scale generation plant in southern Oregon. Construction of Gold Ray provided reliable electricity to the majority of cities in the southern Oregon and marks the beginning of the regional private utility that still serves the area. Built between 1903-1904 and continuously operated with only minimal modification until 1972, Gold Ray remains a largely intact example of early electrification and hydroelectric plant design in Oregon. In December 2009 the Gold Ray Hydroelectric Project was determined eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places under eligibility criterion “A.”