Mount Pleasant Waterworks
In the early 20th century, Mount Pleasant’s leaders and citizens believed that the town’s rural locale and lack of a quality water supply hindered residential growth and prosperity. The situation changed when the Cooper River Bridge opened as the new north-south gateway, placing the town on the shortest New York to Miami route. Leaders sought to capture the hearts of passersby with modernization that upheld the attractive charms of the past. In 1933, Mayor T. G. McCants initiated plans to build a waterworks system for public convenience and municipal advancement. The project was completed by his successor Mayor W. L. Erckmann. Citizens voted 102 to 0 in favor of securing a Public Works Administration loan for the essential water plant. After navigating a difficult course, a distribution system of wells, mains, storage tanks, fire hydrants, 175 water meters and a pumping station provided
160,000 gallons of water per day. On October 17, 1935, a dedication was held at Alhambra Park with a dance at the Mount Pleasant Yacht Club. Four years later, waterworks operated at a profit with over 240 customers. A wastewater system was added in 1942 and later, two treatment plants. Captain S. A. Guilds provided astute leadership for over a decade as commission chairman. The first superintendent, C. B. Venning,
Erected 2010 by Town of Mount Pleasant.
Location. 32° 48.639′ N, 79° 49.949′ W. Marker is in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker can be reached from Rifle Range Road just from Royston Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Pleasant SC 29464, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Seaside (approx. 1.1 miles away); Rifle Range Road (approx. 1.8 miles away); Vaughn Edward Kee (approx. 2 miles away); Greenhill Community / Greenhill Farming (approx. 2.1 miles away); Slave Community (approx. 2.4 miles away); Snee Farm Rice Trunk (approx. 2˝ miles away); Charles Pinckney - Statesman (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Pleasant.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 16, 2010. This page has been viewed 446 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 16, 2010. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.