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Oldest Waterworks Destroyed.

Issue 26 and Volume 49.

Oldest Waterworks Destroyed. The oldest waterworks in the world, so it is said, was destroyed recently at Lockport, N. Y., to make room for Barge Canal operation at the locks on the canal. The little red turret-shaped structure stood just south of the locks and in the path of the new canal. Dynamite failed to move it but the big steam shovel managed to pull it over. The structure was built about 60 years ago and in it was operated the first pump invented by Birdsall Holly, the father of the pumping engine for municipal waterworks. The first underground water supply system was constructed from this small pump to Main street. In those days the small system was used for fire purposes only, supplanting the old hand fire engines.

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