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Water Works

— Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek —

 
 
Water Works Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, August 19, 2022
1. Water Works Marker
Inscription.  Water, a daily necessity for life, is seasonally limited in areas of Osceola County. Pioneers built water towers to store collected rainwater or pumped water from rivers, lakes, and streams. Some settlers used cisterns to store water, while others had access to artesian well water.

Ranch Tank
The Bush family used this water tank at their Deer Park home in eastern Osceola County the center of their cattle operations. The construction of the water tank is similar to other late 19th and early 20th century tanks and may be a rare survivor of its kind. It was likely used as a domestic source of water for the home or to supply water to their livestock.

Water Drives Business
Water was necessary for more than just survival. In the 1870s, steam power was the new technology driving the economy. Steamboats, locomotives, and steam-driven equipment such as band saws needed a sure supply of water. Hotels, hospitals, and other businesses required their own water supplies. During the dry months between December and May, farmers needed water for their homes and crops. Before electricity came to the area, these water
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tanks were often operated with a windmill or a hand pump.

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Artesian Well, circa 1910
Men gather around the head of well equipment at an orange grove in Kissimmee, Florida. These types of wells were rare in this area, but were reliable sources of water year-round. Courtesy Osceola County Historical Society

Tropical Hotel Water Tank, circa 1890
Hotels such as the Tropical on Lake Tohopekaliga often had enormous water tanks despite their locations near freshwater. The railroad line ran by the hotel, and trains may have filled their boilers with water while at the local station. Courtesy Osceola County Historical Society

 
Erected by City of Kissimmee and Osceola County.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureHorticulture & ForestryIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 28° 19.122′ N, 81° 27.383′ W. Marker is in Kissimmee, Florida, in Osceola County. Marker can be reached from Babb Road, 0.2 miles north of Princess Lane, on the right when traveling north. Marker located within the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2491 Babb Road, Kissimmee FL 34746, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
Water Works Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, August 19, 2022
2. Water Works Marker
markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ranch House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Village Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); Discover Frontier Communities (within shouting distance of this marker); Congregations (within shouting distance of this marker); James C. Tyson: A Florida Cracker (within shouting distance of this marker); A British Officer Finds Paradise in Florida (within shouting distance of this marker); The Yates Fords (within shouting distance of this marker); A General Store (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kissimmee.
 
Also see . . .  Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek. (Submitted on August 30, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 1, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 68 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 30, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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