|Graphic of Hydro 1, south of Spearfish Park|
Paul Higbee shared the history of the "Two Spearfish Canyon Hydro Plants" to 125 people at the April 5, 2016 program for the Spearfish Area Historical Society.
|Hydro 1 in Spearfish|
|One of the two generators inside Hydro 1 in Spearfish|
Both Hydro Plants operated through the 1934 year of dust storms. In 1947, a Spearfish Canyon landslide damaged the conduit and Hydro Plant 2 was shut down. The Hydro Plant 2 property was sold to SD Game, Fish and Parks. In 2004, Homestake sold Hydro Plant 1 to the City of Spearfish. The plant is still running and the power is sold to BH Energy. Homestake re-channeled the water to Spearfish Falls in 1990.