Rare tour of Rainbow Falls Powerhouse being offered Friday in Parishville
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 6:10 am

PARISHVILLE -- TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, presents a rare opportunity to tour the Rainbow Falls Powerhouse on Friday, Sept. 22, from 2-3:30 p.m.

TAUNY’s Raquette River Dams Oral History Project caught up with people who spent decades “running the river” for the different power companies that have managed the Raquette’s power generating capacity.

Join TAUNY and Brookfield Renewable, the current hydrodam operators, for a special inside look at the Rainbow Falls powerhouse, to see just how a river gets run.

The powerhouses at Rainbow Falls and elsewhere, which were part of the 1950s dam-building boom around Colton, figure into many stories from the oral history project -- from goat-kidnapping capers to a worker’s near-death experience.

This tour will give visitors a chance to experience another side of these stories by seeing firsthand how these incredible facilities work to transform the natural power and beauty of the river into the kind of energy our society depends on every day.

Guests interested in attending the tour can park on Raquette River Rd. along the fence by the entrance to the powerhouse, which is a little ways below the dam; look for the TAUNY banner and a Brookfield truck. There is a $5 suggested donation for this program.

This program is a part of the program series for TAUNY’s latest exhibit, “‘Look Down, You’ll See Our Tracks’: Raquette River Dam Stories.”

This exhibit tells the stories of people involved in or significantly affected by the construction of the hydroelectric dams and powerhouses along the Raquette River. The exhibit will be on view at The TAUNY Center on Main Street in Canton until Oct. 21.

Additional information about this and other programs in the exhibit program series can be found at tauny.org.