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The ” Broom of God ” sweeps Christmas Day 2016


Katabotic winds sweeping down from the Sangre de Cristo mountain range left 2000 people without electrical service on Christmas Day 2016 in Custer County, Colorado.  This is the third time in the last 5 years that the same power lines have gone down causing outages.

Underground electric lines and surface mounted transformers installed 20 years ago are never affected by these strong winds and will continue to be maintenance free for their design life of at least 50 years.  Ironically the strongest winds are in this coveted ” West Side ” of the valley where residential homes in the $500,000 – $2 million dollar range prevail.  Level terrain, spectacular mountain views,  lush pastures, the proximity of the 266,000 acre Sangre de Cristo Wilderness and an abundance of underground water for water wells make this area most desirable.

Using the Imagination I invented a chair to motivate the CEO of Sangre de Cristo Electric to begin work on a design driven and cost effective approach to begin ruggedizing the electrical distribution system to withstand winds of 150 – 180 mph in Custer County, Colorado…. Look  here:


Invented on Christmas Day 2016



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Arthur von Boennighausen
Arthur von Boennighausen is an Engineer by Trade and Education living on the 1640 acre – Sierra Mojada Ranch adjacent to the 266,000 acre Sangre de Cristo Wilderness of Colorado. It is a privelage to live on a Ranch in a low population area……


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