Irving, Childs Photo Exhibit At Aps

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A photographic history of the Childs and Irving hydroelectric power plants is on display at the Payson office of Arizona Public Service.

"The exhibit is in our lobby," said Jan Parsons of APS. The office, at 400 W. Longhorn Road, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The exhibit will be at the APS office through the end of the month.

The two plants were constructed along Fossil Creek, west of Strawberry, almost 100 years ago to provide power to the mining and smelting operations in Jerome and Clarkdale in the Verde Valley. The plants and their power were eventually incorporated into the APS system.

The specially made components of the plants were constructed in the East, shipped by rail, then hauled across the Verde Valley and up Fossil Creek Canyon by wagons drawn by mules.

The Childs and Irving plants were recently decommissioned in a formal ceremony where the water of Fossil Creek was returned to its natural channel.

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