Windsor Historical Society



Tour Farmington River Power Company and Fish Ladder

June 4, 2016       8:30 AM to 10 AM


         photo by Michael Taylor


Dams in the Rainbow area have harnessed waterpower from 1825 to this day. Take this rare opportunity to tour the Rainbow Dam and Fish Ladder and the Farmington River Power Company built by Stanley Works in 1925. You will see historic photographs and learn how the turbines and generators work with Don Zessin, Plant Manager. Then view migrating fish, observe how a fish ladder and fish traps operate, and learn more about the habits of migrating fish in Connecticut from State DEEP staff.


This site is also significant in the history of power transmission. In 1893, electricity in the form of three-phase alternating current at between four and five thousand volts was transmitted from this location eleven miles south to the Hartford Electric Company Power Station. This was the first time in this country that a public utilities company transmitted electrical power over a considerable distance for commercial use--an amazing demonstration of electricity's potential at that time.


$6 adults, $5 seniors and students, $4 members. Rain or shine, thunderstorm cancels.

UPDATE 5/12/2016 - SOLD OUT. All spots for this tour have already been filled. Sorry!







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