Mountain Dam

Photo Credit: Alex Mead

Seen here is a mountain dam on a river near Estes Park, Colorado. In the United State there are approximately 75 000 dams ranging from massive arch dams like the Hoover Dam or Glen Canyon Dam to small mass acting dams like this one. However, most dams in the United States aren’t hydroelectric dams, meaning they make electricity by passing water through turbines, like the large famous dams everybody knows about. Perhaps as demand for electricity increases these smaller dams will be retrofitted to capture the energy that is present in their reservoirs.

  • Todd Clayton

    Hi, I came across this image looking for images of dams near Estes Park. I would like to find more images of this dam. Do you know the name or can I get information on the location of the dam? I’m having trouble locating it. Thanks very much.

    • Alex Mead

      Todd,

      Thanks for the comment. I took this photo when I was in Colorado two summer ago driving to Estes Park. I did a little research for you though and that dam is the Idylewidle Dam on the Big Thompson River.

      What’s your project about?

      • Todd Clayton

        Wow. Thanks very much for the info. Don’t laugh, but I’m trying to model the region on a model railroad. I liked the look of this one over Olympus Dam (although that one makes more sense for the area I’m modeling). I think this will be slightly easier to model as well. I really appreciate it! I love the Estes Park area.

        • Alex Mead

          Laugh?! I run a civil engineering photo site, I think it’s awesome! :) Maybe you can send a photo to us and we can put it on the site when you are done
          Alex

          • Todd Clayton

            Thanks! Sounds good. It will be some time, but I will definitely send the photo.

          • Todd Clayton

            Here is a link to a photo of the replica Idylwilde Dam:

            https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/22133775/dam.jpg

            It has some selective compression to fit the actual layout space. Also, the area is not mountainous where is sits on the layout (pay no attention to the fact that there are also rails going along side the water…).

            Mark A. Baczkowski worked with me to create it based upon several pictures of it we found on the internet and from satellite images. I think it came out pretty nicely.