Documentary History of American Water-works

Introduction Historical Background Chronology Geography Biography Technology Ownership and Financing General Bibliography
Northwestern States
Iowa Muscatine

Muscatine, Iowa

Muscatine was chartered as a city in 1851.

The city awarded a water works franchise to the Muscatine Water Works Company on December 3, 1875, which built a system designed by William C. Weir. The system was demonstrated on April 12, 1876.

The city bought the system in 1900 for $100,000.

Water is provided by the city of Muscatine.

1875 "Water Works!," The Muscatine Journal, July 22, 1875, Page 4.
A Responsible Company Proposes to Build them for $65,000.
Statement by Frank M. Mahan, of Kansas City, President of the National water Works Association.

1875 An ordinance to provide for the proper supply of water for use and protection from fire, December 3, 1875. | pdf |

1875 "Water Works Contract Awarded," Anamosa Eureka, December 30, 1875, Page 1.

1876 "Lost Money," Anamosa Eureka, May 18, 1876, Page 3.

1879 The History of Muscatine County, Iowa
Pages 517-521: Water-Works. | pdf |

1881 Muscatine, from Engineering News 8:414 (October 15,  1881)

1882 Muscatine from "The Water-Supply of Certain Cities and Towns of the United States," by Walter G. Elliot, C. E., Ph. D.

1888 "Muscatine," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 1.

1890 "Muscatine," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 2.

1891 Semi-centennial Souvenir Edition of the Muscatine Journal
Page 81: Water Works

1891 "Muscatine," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 3.

1892 Muscatine Water co. v. Muscatine Lumber Co., 85 Iowa 112, May 14, 1892, Supreme Court of Iowa

1897 "Muscatine," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 4.

1901 "Municipal Water Works Prohibited in Ottumwa, Ia., by Decision of Court," Municipal Engineering 21(3):176 (September, 1901)

1911 History of Muscatine County, Iowa: From the Earliest Settlements to the Present Time, Volume 1, by Irving Berdine Richman
Pages 290-291:  Water Works. | pdf |

1940 "Owned by the City for 40 year Span," Muscatine Journal, May 31, 1940, Page 11.
Purchase of water works approved by voters in Year 1900.

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