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Salem Waterworks

 
 
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By Michael C. Wilcox, January 26, 2012
1. Salem Waterworks Marker
Inscription. In 1771, the Moravian Town of Salem completed construction of one of the first public waterworks systems in the American Colonies. Tapping natural springs located nearby, the system used bored logs, joined and buried underground, to deliver the water a mile away. The waterworks supplied water to public stand pipes in Salem's streets, and inside spigots in several of Salem's buildings. Completed in just two months, the system provided water not just for drinking, but for fire protection and commercial needs as well. George Washington stopped to view the waterworks in 1791 during his Southern Tour. In 1808, new ceramic pipes were installed, but eventually failed due to high water pressure. A pump-driven waterworks replaced the original system in 1828.
 
Erected 2011 by Winston-Salem Historic Marker Program.
 
Location. 36° 5.73′ N, 80° 15.08′ W. Marker is in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in Forsyth County. Marker is at the intersection of W. 2nd St. and Shady Blvd, on the left on W. 2nd St.. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Winston Salem NC 27101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Robert B. Glenn (approx. 0.2 miles away); Shamrock Mills (approx.
Salem Waterworks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, January 26, 2012
2. Salem Waterworks Marker
0.2 miles away); Consolidation of Winston & Salem (approx. 0.3 miles away but has been reported missing); O'Hanlon's Office Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Forsyth County Men (approx. 0.4 miles away); African-American West End Area (approx. 0.4 miles away); Our Confederate Dead (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hotel Zinzendorf (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winston-Salem.
 
Also see . . .
1. W-S Marker Program. (Submitted on January 26, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.)
2. W-S Marker Program page (pdf). (Submitted on March 13, 2013, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraMan-Made FeaturesSettlements & Settlers
 
Salem Waterworks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, January 26, 2012
3. Salem Waterworks Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 26, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 493 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 26, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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