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June 17, 1971

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Along With Ever2Ching Else ~!iiiiiii~ TACOMA CITY Light's Cushman Dam No. 1 forms a beautiful lake nearly ten miles long in the rugged foothills of the Olympic Mountains. More than 500 acres have been provided by the public utility for a State Park along the eastern lake front. Lake Cushman Development Company has developed a maior vacation home and recreation complex overlooking the lake. LAND OR WATER access is available to Hood Canal Recreation Park adjacent to the Cushman powerhouse at Potlatch; it's open to the public, no charge. Page 5-76 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, June ] 7, 1971 One of America's earliest publicly owned hydro-elec- tric developments is located west of Hood Canal on the North Fork of Skokomish River. Tacoma City Light's Cushman Plants 1 and 2 generate electric power from waters falling from Lake Cushma and Lake May, reservoirs created by two concrete arch dams. Cushman, the upper dam, creates a reservoir from which water is diverted through a tunnel feet in diam- eter and 540 feet long to Plant 1, where two generators witch a capacity of 43,200 kilowatts have an average annual output of 127,000,000 kilowatt hours. After passing through this plant, the water is charged into Lake May, formed by the lower dam, through a po er tunnel two and a half miles long. Lake May is two miles long. From there the water drops to Plant 2 where it goes through the generators a second time before being dis- charged into Hood Canal. It flows into the plant through three 10 /2-foot steel pentstocks 1,350 feet long. Three generators have a capacity of 81,000 kilowatts and aver- age annual output of 233,000,000 kilowatt hours. The water travels at tremendous speed. Its average flow into Plant 1 is 745 cubic feet a second. It goes through the tunnel to Lake May at cubic feet a second. Cushman Dam and Plant 1 were built in 1926 at a cost of $4,255,658. The second dam and plant were constructed in 1930 for $8,228,806. Cushman No. 1 dam is I,III feet long, 235 feet high, eight feet wide at the top and 50 feet at the bottom. Lake Cushman which it forms has an area of 4,200 acres at maximum water elevation, 23 miles of shoreline, and im- pounds 453,350 acre feet of water. It drains an area of 94 square miles. Cushman No. 2 dam is 460 feet long, 175 feet high, eight feet wide at the top and 40 at the bottom. Lake May behind it has an area of 150 acres, four and a half miles of shoreline, and impounds 8,000 acre feet of water. Visitors will be escorted through Cushman No. 2 pow- er plant, on Highway 101 at the southern end of Potlatch, individually or in small groups from 8 a.m. to p.m. Reservations must be made in advance for large groups through the Tacoma Utilities Department in Tacoma. dish=. We Have Rods and ;hades For Boats and Trailers RODS WALLPAPER SHADES 129 Railroad Avenue FABRICS CARPETING Shelton, Wa. 98584 7th & Railroad Pool TV Phones Phone 426-4468 "Prosser Hay Ride" Western Band Playing Throughout The Fair ! Bands Pie Eating Contest Husband Cuffing Contest Entertainment 4-H Awards And Style Show Square Dance Motorcycle Races Egg Catching Contest Women's Hail Pounding Contest Women's Rolling Pin Throw Carnival Concessions Plane Rides Beef And Dairy Show Horse Show Dog Show Greased Pole Climb Salmon Barbeque Horseshoe Tournament Teenage Dance Pig And Chicken Scrambles THIS YEAR Two Deys-- aturday & Sundey NRA Approved- Outstanding l%ents and Performers SHOWS!l! GAMES!i! PRIZES!i! FUN !l! Thursday, June 17, 1971 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Page S-1 1