Photographs of Huntington Lake and the
surrounding Sierra Nevada Forest, California, taken approximately 1915 to 1920. Views show a
mountain resort, people enjoying recreation, scenery, and hydroelectric power houses at Big
Huntington Lake was created in 1912 as part of the Big Creek hydroelectric power project in
the Sierra Nevada Mountains to provide power for a growing California. The first phase took
place from 1911 to 1914, and in addition to creating Huntington Lake, it included
construction of Big Creek Powerhouses No. 1 and No. 2. The lake was named for Henry Edwards
Huntington, president of the Pacific Light and Power Company, who financed the earliest work
at Big Creek. The Huntington Lake area grew into a recreational destination, with summer and
winter camps and vacationers.
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