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Cooke Hydroelectric Plant, Powerhouse, Cook Dam Road at Au Sable River, Oscoda, Iosco County, MI

Cooke Hydroelectric Plant, Powerhouse, Cook Dam Road at Au Sable River, Oscoda, Iosco County, MI

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Significance: It was designed by William G. Fargo, a Jackson, Michigan, civil engineer who specialized in small and mid-sized hydroelectric plants in the Midwest. The Powerhouse shelters all the electrical generating equipment for the Cooke system, which was designed by electrical engineer James B. Foote. When it went on line in 1912, the plant set a new record for transmission voltage and marked the beginning of a comprehensive system of power supply for Michigan.
Survey number: HAER MI-98-C



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