I was released from the rehab facility yesterday and I decided that I wanted to go out exploring today. While I was in the rehab facility, I stumbled across a Michigan History magazine that mentioned some of the early hydroelectric dams in Michigan (if not the country). After a little research online, I found out about some of these dams that are still operational today. So I decided to go seek them out.
Construction of the Hardy Dam began in 1929 and it was designed by William Fargo. It was completed in 1931 and named after George E. Hardy who was one of the financiers of Consumers Power.
From the looks of it, there were some pretty nice trails leading to a spot where someone could get a decent picture of the full dam but that sounds like a summer project. This dam was added to the National Historic Registry in 1997.