Powerplant (06/08/2006) A power plant just below Storm Mountain. This plant was constructed in 1895 and was one of the first plants to transmit energy in ACDC.
Big Cottonwood Powerplant (06/08/2006) The powerplant has a construction date of 1895, making this one of the first powerplants in the Mountainwest.
Big Cottonwood Power Plant (06/08/2006) If you are going to build a building in the mountains it should be a cool building like this 1895 Powerplant in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
Yellow Roses (06/08/2006) A bush with yellow roses over the roaring waters of Big Cottonwood Canyon at the Storm Mountain Powerplant.
Water and Roses (06/08/2006) This scene of Water and Roses is at the Powerplant just below Storm Mountain.
Architectural Detail (06/08/2006) The architectural details of 19th century buildings are much more interesting than modern construction. This is the entrance to a public restroom at the powerplant below Storm Mountain.
Waterworks (06/08/2006) This picture shows Big Cottonwood just below the Storm Mountain area. The water pipe brings water from Storm Mountain to the powerplant.
Nikki Bernhisel (1990-2006) (06/08/2006) A sad memorial for a young (16 year-old) Nikki Bernhisel who drowned in Big Cottonwood while trying to cross the creek on a rope bridge to get to a climbing area called The Slips.
Memorial (06/08/2006) A sad memorial for a 16 year-old Nikki Bernhisel who drowned while trying to cross Big Cottonwood. Reports say she was half way across a rope bridge, panicked and fell off into the raging creek.
Remnants of an Ancient Sea (06/08/2006) The canyon near Storm Mountain cuts through layers of Quartzites and Shale. Quartzites is deposits of sand that's gone through a metamorphic process. Slate is mud that has gone through metamorphisis.
Slate Cliff (06/08/2006) This slate cliff was uncovered to make the Big Cottonwood canyon road.
Metamorphic Strata (06/08/2006) Layers of metamorphic rock near the Storm Mountain Recreation Area.
Big Cottonwood Canyon Bridge (06/08/2006) This picture from near Storm Mountain shows Big Cottonwood Creek and the new bridge. The canyon road has a steep grade from Salt Lake City to the ski areas in the Wasatch.
Storm Mountain is a small park in Big Cottonwood Canyon that is popular for group meetings and picnics. The mountains in this area are composed of a combination of quartzites and shale. Quartzites is metamorphic rock composed of sandstone. Shale is a metamorphic rock composed of shales and clays (from the bottom of lakes and seas). Storm Mountain is also a popular climbing area with a variety of routes for beginning through intermediate climber.
The Storm Mountain area includes an ampitheatre built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and has one of the first power plants built in the Western United States. A water plant in the park pipes water to a working generator below the park. The plaque on the building claims the power plant was built in 1895 and that it was one of the first plants to generate an alternating current.