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1879 Houston Waterworks

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Built  1879 (1879)
NRHP Reference #  76002037
Designated TSAL  5/28/1981
Area  400 m²
Architect  Houston Waterworks Co.
TSAL #  324
Opened  1879
Added to NRHP  6 May 1976
1879 Houston Waterworks
Location  27 Artesian St., Houston, Texas

1879 Houston Waterworks is a building located in Houston, Texas listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Houston Waterworks Company pumped about 2 million gallons of water from the Buffalo Bayou daily when it was founded in 1879 to extinguish fires, such as the one that broke out on Main Street a few days after the plant was erected. After natural reserves of drinking water were discovered in Houston, the Waterworks company out-competed local wells. The city took over the plant in the early 20th century when it found that Waterworks was mixing Bayou water into the drinking supply.

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