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Cincinnati in Hamilton County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Ohio’s First Publicly Owned Water System

 
 
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By Craig Baker, April 17, 2021
1. Water System Marker
Inscription.  On June 25, 1839, Greater Cincinnati Water Works became the first publicly owned water system in Ohio, when the city purchased a privately owned water company in operation since 1821. This purchase required approval of the voters of Cincinnati and authorization by the Ohio State Legislature. The Water Works, with two steam pumps at this site, three and a half miles of iron pipe, and 19 miles of wooden pipe, provided one million gallons of water per day. Front Street Pumping Station (ruins at this site) replaced earlier facilities and operated from 1865 to 1907.
 
Erected 2003 by the Ohio Bicentennial Commission; the International Paper Company Foundation; and the Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 42-31.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNatural Resources. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical date for this entry is June 25, 1839.
 
Location. 39° 6.149′ N, 84° 29.736′ W. Marker is in Cincinnati
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By Craig Baker, April 17, 2021
2. Water System Marker
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, Ohio, in Hamilton County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Pete Rose Way (U.S. 52) and Riverside Drive, on the right when traveling east. Located at the waterfront near the Sawyer Point Tennis Courts. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 815 E Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati OH 45202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Black Brigade of Cincinnati (approx. ¼ mile away); Cincinnati's German Heritage (approx. ¼ mile away); The Sultana (approx. ¼ mile away); Mt. Adams (approx. ¼ mile away); The Irish in Cincinnati (approx. ¼ mile away); 1749 French Claims to Ohio River Valley (approx. ¼ mile away); Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus (approx. ¼ mile away); Bicentennial Commons at Sawyer Point (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cincinnati.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 27, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 27, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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