Out deep into the forest you’ll come up on a sign at the site that says the water wheel was built in 1833 by Edwin J. Dalby and was one of the first hydroelectric plants at about 1923 on the Hood Canal. It provided electricity for the property of Edwin and Ethel Dalby, including their home nearby. Dalby used part of the tiny log-sided powerhouse for a woodworking shop.
The couple raised four children in the "big" house that still stands on the property, about two miles from Union.
When Highway 106 — then called "Navy Yard Highway" — was built in 1928, the spacious new pavement replaced the one-lane dirt road that had served the Dalby home. Cars started whizzing past, but not so fast that people didn’t noticed the picturesque water wheel.
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