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Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Cisterns

 
 
Cisterns Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, April 28, 2019
1. Cisterns Marker
Inscription.  Many of the cityís squares contained water cisterns to aid in firefighting. They were kept filled with water and weekly reports of the condition and water depth were made to the City Council. Their depth ranged from 9 feet 2 inches to 13 feet 5 inches. They were built in the 1830ís and 1840ís and among their builders were Amos Scudder and Charles B. Cluskey.
 
Location. 32° 4.449′ N, 81° 5.216′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Houston Street and East Mc Donough Street, on the left when traveling south. Marker is located near the center of Savannah's Crawford Square, on the south side of the gazebo. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Recreation on Crawford Square (a few steps from this marker); Houstoun Street/York Street (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Beach Institute (about 800 feet away); Police Station Steps (about 800 feet away); Police Officers Monument
Cisterns Marker (<i>wide view; Crawford Gazebo behind marker; E. Mc Donough St. in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, April 28, 2019
2. Cisterns Marker (wide view; Crawford Gazebo behind marker; E. Mc Donough St. in background)
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Second Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nathanael Greene, Maj. Gen., Continental Army (approx. 0.2 miles away); Great Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1820 (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
 
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1. Cisterns of Savannah. The process began in 1830 with a proposal for twelve new wooden cisterns to be built in various locations throughout the city, with the purpose of aiding in the fighting of fires. However, it seems these wooden structures were quickly phased out in favor of brick construction. As the work progressed, it appears a standard was developed, as the later proposals detail the dimensions and construction methods to be used. The City Council minutes also began to include charts detailing the condition of the cisterns throughout the city. (Submitted on April 29, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Crawford Square. Designed in 1841 and named in honor of William Harris Crawford, a previous state governor and senator, Crawford Square was once – during the Jim Crow period – the only square that allowed African-Americans to pass through and their kids to play. The square still contains
City Cistern - 1850 (<i>cistern access lid - located directly in front of marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, April 28, 2019
3. City Cistern - 1850 (cistern access lid - located directly in front of marker)
part of a water cistern from the nineteenth century. Many of the cityís squares contained these water cisterns to help fight fires. (Submitted on April 29, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Crawford Square (<i>view north from E. Perry St.; Gazebo and Cistern Marker in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, April 28, 2019
4. Crawford Square (view north from E. Perry St.; Gazebo and Cistern Marker in background)
Crawford Square Wading Pool (<i>located above underground cistern; view from near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, April 28, 2019
5. Crawford Square Wading Pool (located above underground cistern; view from near marker)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on April 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 29, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 80 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 29, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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