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Palatka in Putnam County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Palatka Waterworks

1886-1986

 
 
Palatka Waterworks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 11, 2014
1. Palatka Waterworks Marker
Inscription.  
Whitewater Branch was the primary water source for Palatka
In 1886-87 Wheeler and Parks Company of Boston, Mass., built the Palatka Waterworks. The steam pumping machinery delivered one million gallons of water in 24 hours. In 1947, the spring flow was still sufficient to fill the normal needs of the city. The Waterworks continued to operate until 1986.

Whitewater Branch continued to feed the St. Johns River
The construction of the Waterworks east of the ravines modified Whitewater Branch. The water ran through a brick-lined channel towards the Waterworks. Part of it poured into a reservoir, to he pumped to Palatka citizens. The rest flowed into the marshes and the St. Johns River. Whitewater Branch is fed by numerous small springs and seeps within the ravines.

The clear waters of Whitewater Branch have provided water to people for thousands of years.

(photo captions)
• The Worthington Steam Pump was capable of pumping 1 million gallons of water in 24 hours.
• Palatka Waterworks, renovated in 2001. The Waterworks is an important focal point for the history of Palatka.
 
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Palatka Waterworks Marker (<i>wide view of marker kiosk</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 13, 2019
2. Palatka Waterworks Marker (wide view of marker kiosk)
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkNatural ResourcesWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1886.
 
Location. 29° 38.013′ N, 81° 38.554′ W. Marker is in Palatka, Florida, in Putnam County. Marker can be reached from Twigg Street east of South 18th Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located within Ravine Gardens State Park, along the gardens loop road, near the old Palatka Waterworks. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1600 Twigg Street, Palatka FL 32177, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Suspension Bridges and Amphitheater (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Native Americans at the River (about 800 feet away); Ravine State Gardens (approx. ¼ mile away); The Civil War and the Ravines (approx. 0.3 miles away); William Bartram Trail (approx. 0.3 miles away); Garden Center History (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Hammock (approx. one mile away); Bartram Trail in Putnam County (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Palatka.
 
More about this marker. This is a large, rectangular, composite marker, mounted at eye-level in a heavy-duty wooden frame kiosk.
 
Also see . . .  Palatka Water Works History. From 1886 to 1986 the Palatka Water Works could provide up to one million gallons of water a day to the City of Palatka for local use and
Palatka Waterworks Building (<i>view from Ravine Gardens trail, near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 11, 2014
3. Palatka Waterworks Building (view from Ravine Gardens trail, near marker)
fire protection. When it was closed, the building and grounds fell into disrepair. In 1999, a grant was acquired to repair the roof and re-point the outside brickwork. With additional donations from many area businesses, organizations, and individuals, the first phase of restoration was accomplished in 2002. (Submitted on February 19, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Palatka Waterworks Reservoir Ruins (<i>view from Ravine Gardens trail, near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 11, 2014
4. Palatka Waterworks Reservoir Ruins (view from Ravine Gardens trail, near marker)
Palatka Waterworks Reservoir Ruins (<i>view from Ravine Gardens trail, near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, February 13, 2013
5. Palatka Waterworks Reservoir Ruins (view from Ravine Gardens trail, near marker)
Palatka Waterworks (<i>wide view from Ravine Gardens trail, near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 11, 2014
6. Palatka Waterworks (wide view from Ravine Gardens trail, near marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 18, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 96 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 18, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 19, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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