“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)


Cisterns Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 5, 2013
1. Cisterns Marker
The cistern located below this site is one of two underground brick reservoirs built to store rainwater for use in the Capitol. Although by 1889 an artesian well was supplying an abundance of highly mineralized water, the two cisterns continued to be a source of fresh water until a municipal water supply became available. Rainwater, collected from the Capitol's roof through a system of gutters, filled the cisterns through a series of concealed downspouts and pipes. A coal-fired steam pump in the Capitol's basement distributed the water throughout the building for drinking, sanitary needs and fire protection. The cistern water also filled a large iron tank in the Capitol's attic, to provide power for the original hydraulic elevator. The cistern's top hatch, visible here, provided access for checking the water level and maintenance.
Erected by The State of Texas.
Location. 30° 16.466′ N, 97° 44.41′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker can be reached from 12th Street West west of East 12th Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located near the main (South) entrance to the Texas State Capitol. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1100 Congress Avenue, Austin TX 78701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
Cistern Top Hatch (<i>near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 5, 2013
2. Cistern Top Hatch (near marker)
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Artesian Well and East Drinking Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); Hood’s Texas Brigade Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Terry’s Texas Rangers Monument (about 300 feet away); 1928 Granite Water Fountain (about 400 feet away); Terry Rangers Monument (about 400 feet away); Spanish-American War Memorial (about 500 feet away); St. Martin’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (about 500 feet away); The Archive War (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
Also see . . .  The Texas Capitol Grounds: A Self-Guided Tour.
(includes description of various monuments, memorials and landmarks around the Texas State Capitol grounds) (Submitted on January 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
Categories. Man-Made Features
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 84 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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