Its listed as a National Historical Site
from the NHS Database:
Hardy Hydroelectric Plant
6928 36th Street, Big Prarie Township - Newaygo County
Property Typehydroelectric plant
Historic UseINDUSTRY/PROCESSING/EXTRACTION/energy facility
Current UseINDUSTRY/PROCESSING/EXTRACTION/energy facility
StyleMission/Spanish Colonial Revival
Ar****ect/BuilderEdward M. Burd
Narrative DescriptionThe Hardy Hydroelectric Plant straddles the Muskegon River in the west-central region of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. The plant consists of three components: a Generating Facility, an Oil House, and a Dormitory. The Generating Facility occupies the original stream bed of the Muskegon River at a point twelve miles northeast of the village of Newaygo. The Oil House and Dormitory both stand on the downstream slope of the plant's embankment, but neither is an integral part of the Generating Facility. Statement of SignificanceHardy Hydroelectric Plant possesses statewide significance in the area of engineering as a symbol of Consumers Power Company's (CPCo) extensive, nearly statewide system of power generation and supply. By the 1920s, CPCo had established a string of hydroelectric and coal-burning steam plants tied together with high-voltage, long-distance transmission lines that distributed power throughout Michigan's Lower Peninsula. Hardy, the final link in that chain and the largest hydroelectric plant built by CPCo, was intended to be a showpiece of the system. Hardy also has statewide significance in the area of engineering. CPCo's interconnected power system enabled some plants to serve as base suppliers while others stood ready to provide peak and emergency service. A variety of technical considerations made hydroelectric plants with large storage ponds well-suited to serve as peak-supply plants. Hardy's high embankment and sizable pond indicated the plant's intended function in the system. The embankment, furthermore, is the largest ever erected by CPCo and apparently the largest in the state. Finally, Hardy has statewide significance in the area of ar****ecture. Most Michigan hydro plants were utilitarian structures, but prominent facilities were sometimes given ar****ectural embellishment to reflect a company's stature or pride in its latest achievement. Hardy, a Spanish Colonial Revival plant, was built as a monument to CPCo's interconnected system of electric power supply. Period of Significance1931-1947
Registry Type(s)12/01/1997 National Register listed
From Consumer's Website:
With a generating capacity of 30,000 kilowatts, Hardy is the largest electricity producing hydro on the river. Construction was completed in 1931, making it the last hydro to be built by the company.
It is named for George E. Hardy, a financial partner with Anton Hodenpyl. Together, they oversaw the holding company (Commonwealth and Southern) that Consumers was part of from 1910 through the 1920s. Hardy was listed in the National Register of Historic Places
on Dec. 1, 1997. The plant is honored for its impressive Spanish Colonial ar****ecture.
Hardy’s five large community parks make it a recreation destination for thousands each summer. They include the Newaygo State Park
, the Newaygo County Sandy Beach Park
, Big Prairie Township Ox Bow and Big Bend Parks
, and the Mecosta County Brower Park
Counldn't find anything via google on a submerged train. Sounds like a cool story, though. I'll have to give my counterpart down a CMS (Consumer's) a call and find out some more details.