Documentary History of American Water-works

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North Central States
Indiana Peru

Peru, Indiana

Peru was incorporated as a town in 1842 and as a city in 1867.

The city built water works that was designed by Josiah D. Cook and began service in May, 1879.  A Worthington steam pump delivered water from the Wabash River into an elevated reservoir   Well were added later to increase the water supply.

Water is supplied by city of Peru, which has a history page.

1879 The Weekly Republican (Plymouth, Indiana), July 19, 1878, Page 2.
Seventy-five men are employed on the Peru water works.

1879 The Fort Wayne Sentinel, August 9, 1879, Page 2.
The Peru water works reservoir is completed.

1879 "The Water Works," The Fort Wayne Sentinel, September 11, 1879, Page 2. | Part 2 |
Excerpt from J.D. Cook's report on the Peru Water Works.

1882 Peru, from Engineering News 9:411 (December 2, 1882)

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

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

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

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

1896 History of Miami County, by John H. Stephens
Pages 195-197:  Water Works
Page 203:  The Indiana Manufacturing Company was incorporated July 1, 1875.  M. Shirk, president; A. N. Dukes, vice-president and treasurer.

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

1898 "Peru, Ind., Water Works," The Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), February 18, 1898, Page 4.
Had paid $96,000 interest and still owes $60,000 for the bonds.

1914 History of Miami County, Indiana: A Narrative Account of Its Historical Progress, Its People and Its Principal Interests, Volume 1, by Arthur Lawrence Bodurtha
Pages 167-169:  Water Works

1932 "Peru, Indiana, Builds Filter Plant with War and Light Plant Earnings," by Charles Brossman, Public Works 61(11):14-16 (November, 1932)

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