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Fairmount Water Works

 
 
Fairmount Water Works Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 15, 2015
1. Fairmount Water Works Marker
Inscription. Centerpiece of Philadelphia's water system, 1815-1909. The neoclassical buildings, designed by Frederick Graff and Frederic Graff, Jr., concealed huge machines that pumped Schuylkill River water to a reservoir above, whence it flowed to the city. Power was originally supplied by Oliver Evans' high-pressure steam engine, the largest of its day. After 1821 the pumps were driven by breast wheels; after 1851, by turbines.
 
Erected 1997 by Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission.
 
Location. 39° 58.144′ N, 75° 11.077′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is at the intersection of Kelly Drive and Waterworks Drive on Kelly Drive. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19130, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fairmount Dam (about 800 feet away); Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski (approx. 0.2 miles away); Paths & Pavilions (approx. mile away); Julian Francis Abele (approx. 0.4 miles away); Washington Monument
Fairmount Water Works Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 15, 2015
2. Fairmount Water Works Marker
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Eastern State Penitentiary (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Solitude (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 203 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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