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Power Plant, Brooklyn, MI

Below are a few restoration pictures from a power plant in Brooklyn, Michigan.
This plant was also built by Henry Ford in 1939 where 80 workers were employed to produce car horns. The similarity between this building's form and design and Milford's Powerhouse is striking. 
The key source of power at the Brooklyn plant was hydropower from the nearby dam on the Raisin River. After years of disuse, the building's electrical generating system was restored by a private owner over several years. 
The generator is similar to the two generators that were once housed at the Pettibone Creek Hydroelectric Station in Milford, just a little smaller.
The governor controls the speed (water flow) of the turbine/generator.

Restoration Photos

Det Freep, 11.18.07

Volunteer Generates Electricity in Restored Mills

In 2006 Bill Stockausen joined the Pettibone Creek Hydroelectric Station Restoration Committee when a Milford resident and friend asked him to come and see what we were up to. In fact, Bill had visited the Powerhouse in the 70ís when he and his family were looking to buy a historic mill.
Ultimately, they bought another building, an 1854 historic relic in Bellevue, Michigan, for $3,000. They restored the building and converted it to hydroelectric power generation. http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071118/CFP02/711180387
And now itís on to the next . . . and the next after that. With the worldwide interest in green energy growing, their timing is perfect. The Stockhausens are looking for another restoration project . . . to put their technical knowledge, past experience and passion to work demonstrating the feasibility and benefits of hydroelectric power generation. http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071118/CFP02/711180492
We are very fortunate to have Bill on our team as we explore the possibility of again producing electricity at Milford's historic plant.


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