The wheel displays the ingenuity of early pioneers to the Hood Canal area. In 1917 by E.J. and Ethel Dalby purchased an eight-acre parcel of land which had a stream with sufficient water volume and current within its bounds. In 1922, Edwin Justus Dalby with the assistance of his father, William Owen Dalby, built a wooden cultivator wheel to provide electricity for his home. It was one of the first hydroelectric plants on Hood Canal and continued to function, providing electricity for the main house and several cabins, for many years.
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