Documentary History of American Water-works

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North Central States
Michigan Bay City

Bay City, Michigan

Bay City was incorporated as a village in 1859 and as city in 1865.

The city built a Holly water works system that began service in December, 1872 using one of the first Holly Quadruplex pumps and two Holly rotary pumps that forced water through Wyckoff wooden pipes that had been manufactured locally by the Northwestern Gas and Water Pipe Company..

Water is supplied by the city of Bay City.


References and Timeline
1875 Report of the Superintendent of Water Works to the Board of Water Commissioners of Bay City, Mich. from May 1, to December 31st, 1875.  Including Water Rates and Rules Governing the Supply of Water.

1875 The History Commercial Advantages and Future Prospects of Bay City, Michigan
Pages 29-30:  Water Works

1876 The County of Bay and Bay City, Mich., embracing a brief sketch of their organization, pioneer history, growth & development, from 1857 to 1876, by George W. Hotchkiss
Pages 47-49:  Water works

1877 Sixth Annual Report of the Superintendent of Water Works to the Board of Water Commissioners of Bay City, Mich. for 1877. | another copy |

1878 "The Holly System of Water Supply and Fire Protection for Cities and Villages," Scientific American Supplement, 6(140supp):2219-2234 (September 7, 1878)

1878 Seventh Annual Report of the Superintendent of Water Works to the Board of Water Commissioners of Bay City, Mich. for 1878.| another copy |

1879 Eighth Annual Report of the Superintendent of Water Works to the Board of Water Commissioners of Bay City, Mich. for 1879. | another copy |

1880 Ninth Annual Report of the Superintendent of Water Works to the Board of Water Commissioners of Bay City, Mich. for 1880. | another copy |

1881 Bay City, Engineering News, 8:287 (July 16, 1881)

1881 Tenth Annual Report of the Superintendent of Water Works to the Board of Water Commissioners of Bay City, Mich. for 1881. | another copy |

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

1882 Eleventh Annual Report of the Superintendent of Water Works to the Board of Water Commissioners of Bay City, Mich. for 1882. | another copy |

1883 Twelfth Annual Report of the Superintendent of Water Works to the Board of Water Commissioners of Bay City, Mich. for 1883. | another copy |

1883 History of Bay County, Michigan with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers
Pages 107-109:  Bay City Water works

1884 Thirteenth Annual Report of the Superintendent of Water Works to the Board of Water Commissioners of Bay City, Mich. for 1884. | another copy |

1885 Fourteenth Annual Report of the Superintendent of Water Works to the Board of Water Commissioners of Bay City, Mich. for 1885. | another copy |

1886 Fifteenth Annual Report of the Superintendent of Water Works to the Board of Water Commissioners of Bay City, Mich. for 1886. | another copy |

1887 Sixteenth Annual Report of the Superintendent of Water Works to the Board of Water Commissioners of Bay City, Mich. for 1887.  | another copy |

1888 Seventeenth Annual Report of the Superintendent of Water Works to the Board of Water Commissioners of Bay City, Mich. for 1888. | another copy |

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

1889 Eighteenth Annual Report of the Superintendent of Water Works, Bay City, Mich. for 1889. | another copy |

1890 Nineteenth Annual Report of the Superintendent of Water Works. Bay City, Michigan. | another copy |

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

1891 Twentieth Annual Report of the Superintendent of Water Works. Bay City, Michigan. | another copy |

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

1892 Twenty-First Annual Report of the Superintendent of Water Works. Bay City, Michigan. | another copy |

1893 Twenty-Second Annual Report of the Water Department of Bay City, Michigan.  December 31st, 1893. | another copy |

1894 Twenty-Third Annual Report of the Water Department of Bay City, Michigan.  December 31st, 1894. | another copy |

1895 Twenty-Fourth Annual Report of the Water Department of Bay City, Michigan.  December 31st, 1895. | another copy |

1895 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Bay City, Bay County, Michigan.

1896 Twenty-Fifth Annual Report of the Water Department of Bay City, Michigan.  December 31st, 1896.  | another copy |

1897 Twenty-Sixth Annual Report of the Water Department of Bay City, Michigan.  December 31st, 1897. | another copy |

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

1898 Twenty-Seventh Annual Report of the Water Department of Bay City, Michigan.  December 31st, 1898. | another copy |

1899 Twenty-Eighty Annual Report of the Water Department of Bay City, Michigan.  December 31st, 1899. | another copy |

1900 Twenty-Ninth Annual Report of the Water Department of Bay City, Michigan.  December 31st, 1900. | another copy |

1901 Thirtieth Annual Report of the Water Department of Bay City, Michigan.  December 31st, 1901. | another copy |

1902 Thirty-First Annual Report of the Water Department of Bay City, Michigan.  December 31st, 1902. | another copy |

1903 "Bay City, Mich," Fire and Water Engineering 33:106 (March 14, 1903)
Replacement of old wooden Wyckoff pipes.

1903 Thirty-Second Annual Report of the Water Department of Bay City, Michigan.  December 31st, 1903.

1903 "Bay City Waterworks," Fire and Water Engineering 33:264-266 (June 20, 1903)
A Historic Sketch of the Plant by E. L. Dunbar, Engineer and Superintendent

1904 Thirty-Third Annual Report of the Water Department of Bay City, Michigan.  December 31st, 1904. | another copy |

1905 History of Bay County, Michigan and Representative Citizens, by Capt. Augustua H. Gansser
Pages 189-190:  Bay City water works

1907 Tariff of Water Rates, Bay City Water Works, June 1, 1907.

1912 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Bay City, Bay County, Michigan., Volume 1 | Volume 2 |

1950 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Bay City, Bay County, Michigan.Volume 1 | Volume 2 |

1963 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Bay City, Bay County, Michigan. Volume 2




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