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Winston-Salem in Forsyth County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Pond

 
 
The Pond Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, February 15, 2012
1. The Pond Marker
Inscription. At the turn of the 20th century, Winston's water reservoir was located at the top of Trade Street Hill, where Eighth and Trade Streets intersected. Disaster struck in the early morning hours of November 2, 1904, when people in the neighborhood were awakened by a loud thud and shudders "like an earthquake." The entire north wall of the reservoir had collapsed. An estimated 800,000-1,400,000 gallons of water rushed into the neighborhood, destroying houses, killing nine people and injuring many others. It is said that a city official looking over the flooded area remarked that it looked "like a pond," and the name has been associated with the area since that day. The reservoir collapse remains the most tragic day of Winston and Salem's history.
 
Erected 2006 by Winston-Salem Historic Marker Program.
 
Location. 36° 6.63′ N, 80° 14.78′ W. Marker is in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in Forsyth County. Marker is at the intersection of Northwest Blvd and Trade Street, on the left when traveling west on Northwest Blvd. 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. New Bethel Baptist Church (approx. mile away); Lloyd Presbyterian Church
The Pond Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, February 15, 2012
2. The Pond Marker
(approx. half a mile away); Pythian Hall (approx. 0.6 miles away); Symbol of Service (approx. 0.6 miles away); Depot Street Graded School Site (approx. 0.6 miles away); Downtown North Historic District (approx. 0.6 miles away); Safe Bus Company (approx. mile away); First Sit-In Victory In North Carolina (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winston-Salem.
 
Also see . . .
1. W-S Historic Marker Program. (Submitted on February 16, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.)
2. Sanborn map (1900). This Sanborn map from 1900 shows the location of the reservoir. It's on the bottom right of the map. (Submitted on February 16, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.) 

3. W-S Marker Program page (PDF). (Submitted on March 13, 2013, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.)
 
Categories. DisastersMan-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
The Pond Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, February 15, 2012
3. The Pond Marker
The Pond Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, February 15, 2012
4. The Pond Marker
The Pond Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, February 15, 2012
5. The Pond Marker
The Pond Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, February 15, 2012
6. The Pond Marker
Winston Reservoir - Before (1900 Sanborn Map) image. Click for full size.
By Sanborn Insurance Map
7. Winston Reservoir - Before (1900 Sanborn Map)
Ruins of Winston Reservoir (1907 Sanborn Map) image. Click for full size.
By Sanborn Insurance Map
8. Ruins of Winston Reservoir (1907 Sanborn Map)
Former Site of Winston Reservoir image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox
9. Former Site of Winston Reservoir
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 16, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 486 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 16, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.   3. submitted on February 17, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.   4, 5, 6. submitted on February 16, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.   7, 8. submitted on February 20, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.   9. submitted on February 17, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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