Documentary History of American Water-works

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North Central States
Illinois Charleston

Charleston, Illinois

Charleston was incorporated as a village in 1853 and as a city in 1865.

The city built water works that began service in 1876 pumping water into the mains using steam engines.

Water is provided by the city of Charleston.

1877 Mattoon Gazette, April 13, 1877, Page 4.
The total cost of the Charleston water works has been $46,087.96.  The cost of running the works fourteen and a half months has been 41,843.80.

1879 The History of Coles County, Illinois
Page 317:  Charleston.  The Water Works were built in 1875, and are of a substantial character.

1883 Charleston, Engineering News, 10:10 (January 6, 1883)

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

1889 Mattoon Gazette, May 24, 1889, Page 5.
Since Charleston's water-works have become comparatively useless from the habit forty-pound cat-fishes have of crawling up into the mains.

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

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

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

1948 "Charleston, Illinois Solves a Problem," Mueller Record 34(4):9-11 (January, February 1948)
Connection of new centrifugal pump.


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