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This massive wooden derrick is the delivery system for tons of concrete needed to create the original Big Meadows dam between 1910 and 1912, designed by architect John Eastwood. The current earth-filled dam at Lake Almanor later replaced the concrete dam. Photos courtesy Chester-Lake Almanor Museum/Marilyn Quadrio

History Night presentation planned at Memorial Hall

The final PowerPoint presentation of the year will detail the creation of the Great Western Power Company as part of History Night, scheduled tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 225 Gay St., in Chester.

The discussion will highlight the company’s acquisition of tens of thousands of acres of land in Big Meadows, and the construction of two dams in the North Fork of the Feather River.

Hosted by local historian and museum director Marilyn Quadrio, it is a story full of drama, betrayal and unstoppable progress that impacted the lives of many thousands for the next 100 years.

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