In the 1920s some of the line shaft system was replaced with electric generators and motors. The present hydroelectric plant was constructed in 1954 and has a capacity of approximately 150 kilowatts - enough electricity to power about 25 homes.
In 1993 Iowa River flooding severely damaged the millrace levees so that electricity generation was impossible. However, through a continuing effort to preserve and maintain the Millrace led by the Amana Colonies Historical Sites Foundation and assisted by grants from the Save America's Treasurers program and State Historical Society of Iowa, the levees have been repaired and "the Hydro" is once again producing clean, renewable power. This green energy is sold to the local electric company.
A view of the Amana mills and tailrace ca. 1915. A disastrous fire in 1923 destroyed the flour mill (left) and part of the woolen mill. Photo courtesy of the Amana Heritage Society.
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|Date Added||Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 12:41am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15T E 594288 N 4627789|
|Decimal Degrees||41.79636667, -91.86511667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 41° 47.782', W 91° 51.907'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||41° 47' 46.92" N, 91° 51' 54.42" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 24 48th Ave, Amana IA 52203, US|
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