Documentary History of American Water-works

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Middle Atlantic States New York Le Roy

Le Roy, New York

Le Roy was incorporated as a village in 1834.

The first water works was built for fire protection in 1875 using two water-wheels in Prentice's Flouring Mill to drive a LaFrance pump that supplied water to 18 hydrants.

The village built a new system that pumped water into a stand-pipe that was 100 feet high by 20 feet in diameter and held over 230,000 gallons.  A public test was held on April 23, 1897.  The stand-pipe was demolished in 1957.

Water is provided by the Village of Le Roy.


References
1882 Le Roy, Engineering News, 9:134 (April 29, 1882)

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

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

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

1896 "Bids for the Le Roy Water Works," Democrat and Chronicle, August 22, 1896, Page 4.

1896 Democrat and Chronicle, November 21, 1896, Page 4.
The material for the stand-pipe for Le Roy's water works system has arrived and the work of putting it up was begun yesterday.  It will be 100 feet high by 20 feet in diameter, and about five weeks will be required to complete it.  It is located on Craigie street, the highest point in town, and when finished can be seen for several miles.

1896 "Unexpected Days in the Construction of the Le Roy Water Works," Democrat and Chronicle, December 21, 1896, Page 4.

1897 "Public Test of Le Roy Water Works Made Yesterday," Democrat and Chronicle, April 24, 1897, Page 4.

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

1899 "Le Roy Short of Water," Democrat and Chronicle, August 2, 1899, Page 4.

1932 "The Water Supplies of Le Roy and Ticonderoga, New York," by James P. Wells, Journal of the American Water Works Association 24(2):262-265 (February, 1932)

1957 "Craigie Street Standpipe, Built by Le Roy in '97, Razed," Democrat and Chronicle, May 19, 1957, Page 49.






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