1879 Houston Waterworks

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1879 Houston Waterworks
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1879 Houston Waterworks is located in Texas
1879 Houston Waterworks
1879 Houston Waterworks is located in the US
1879 Houston Waterworks
Location 27 Artesian St., Houston, Texas
Coordinates 29°45′50″N 95°22′10″W / 29.76389°N 95.36944°W / 29.76389; -95.36944Coordinates: 29°45′50″N 95°22′10″W / 29.76389°N 95.36944°W / 29.76389; -95.36944
Area 0.1 acres (0.040 ha)
Built 1879 (1879)
Architect Houston Waterworks Co.
NRHP reference # 76002037[1]
TSAL # 324
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 6, 1976
Designated TSAL 5/28/1981

1879 Houston Waterworks is a building located in Houston, Texas listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1] The Houston Waterworks Company pumped about 2 million gallons of water from the Buffalo Bayou daily when it was founded in 1879 to extinguish fires, such as the one that broke out on Main Street a few days after the plant was erected. After natural reserves of drinking water were discovered in Houston, the Waterworks company out-competed local wells. The city took over the plant in the early 20th century when it found that Waterworks was mixing Bayou water into the drinking supply.[2]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Du, Susan (2014-10-02). "Houston's Surviving Landmarks". Retrieved 2016-09-22.