Documentary History of American Water-works

Introduction Historical Background Chronology Geography Biography Technology Ownership and Financing General Bibliography
Middle Atlantic States New York Machias

Machias, New York

Machias was settled around 1813 and is the principal hamlet in the Town of Machias.  It was originally known as Machias Five Corners and Chickasaw.

The Ishua Hydraulic Company was incorporated in 1851 by Edward Shearer, Rufus L. Whitcher, Rufus Mixer, Ira Winslow and Jerome B. Jewel "for the purpose of supplying the said place of Machias Five Corners with pure and wholesome water."  No evidence has been found that this company built a system.

The Machias Town Water District was formed in the 1960s and built a system.

Water is currently provided by the Machias Town Water District.


References and Timeline
1851 An act to incorporate the Ishua Hydraulic Company.  June 30, 1851.





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