For thousands of years people have been using water to perform work. For example, “the Greeks used water wheels for grinding wheat into flour more than 2,000 years ago”. Our modern hydraulic power systems began to evolve in the “mid-1700s when a French hydraulic and military engineer, Bernard Forest de Bélidor wrote Architecture Hydraulique.” In 1881, the street lamps in Niagra Falls started being powered by hydroelectricity (a very easy place to harness hydro power). In 1882, the first hydroelectric power plant was formed in Appleton, Wisconsin. By 1886, there were 45 hydroelectricity plants in the US and Canada.
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