Historic Hood River
Post-Industrial Still Life
This derelict piece of a hydroelectric generator was already an antique when Alva Day found it alongside the Hood River in 1931. There’s a good chance this was the generator that powered the earliest electric lights in Hood River, such as this one.
Alva Day identified this as an “Old 125 cycle.” Around the turn of the last century General Electric manufactured single phase 125 Hz generators. Before worldwide 50 Hz and 60 Hz AC power generation standards were adopted, there were a wide range of frequencies. Any device with an AC motor, even a simple clock, would need to conform to the local power generation standard.