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Morristown in Morris County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Water Power at Speedwell

Powering the Factory

 
 
Water Power at Speedwell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 5, 2010
1. Water Power at Speedwell Marker
Inscription. Originally water for the Factory waterwheel was supplied from the Upper Pond, or reservoir, which was located beyond the housing development behind you. When the wheel was installed, the water from the pond was piped under ground to the standpipe. The elevation where the water entered the pipe was higher than the top of the standpipe. Water rose in the standpipe via gravity to seek its level.

All day with men putting out pipes to face of reservoir on the hill
                - Stephen Vail, October 12, 1849

 
Location. 40° 48.893′ N, 74° 28.82′ W. Marker is in Morristown, New Jersey, in Morris County. Marker can be reached from Speedwell Avenue (U.S. 202), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located at Historic Speedwell. Marker is at or near this postal address: 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown NJ 07960, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1849 Carriage House (within shouting distance of this marker); L’Hommedieu House (within shouting distance of this marker); Homestead Carriage House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Granary (within shouting distance
Marker at Historic Speedwell image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 5, 2010
2. Marker at Historic Speedwell
of this marker); Moses Estey House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Homestead Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); Vail House (within shouting distance of this marker); Wheel House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morristown.
 
More about this marker. A picture of the Wheel House appears on the lower right of the marker. The lower left contains a diagram of the Overshot Waterwheel, indicating the upper pond, penstock, standpipe, waterwheel, tail race and Factory Wheel House. Above this is a map of Historic Speedwell showing the upper pond and how it feeds the Factory & Wheel House via the raceway and tailrace.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Take a tour of the markers found at Historic Speedwell.
 
Also see . . .  Historic Speedwell - "Birthplace of the Telegraph". (Submitted on July 11, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Water Power at Speedwell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 5, 2010
3. Water Power at Speedwell Marker
The Water Power at Speedwell marker is seen here in front of the Homestead Carriage House.
Wheel House and Factory image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 5, 2010
4. Wheel House and Factory
The factory where the wheel house is located can be seen in this photo. The black standpipe is visible on the left side of the structure.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 11, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 413 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 11, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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