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Lisbon, Ohio

Lisbon was incorporated in 1825 and was originally known as New Lisbon.

A system of wood pipes was installed in 1807 was mentioned in an 1873 article from South Bend.

The town of New Lisbon in 1839 was authorized to borrow money to build water works, and built a small gravity system about 1840 that was expanded in 1874.  A larger system was built in 1888 that pumped water to a reservoir. 

Water is supplied by the Village of Lisbon.

1839 An act to authorize the President, Recorder and Trustees of the town of New Lisbon to borrow money.  March 7, 1839.
Sec. 3. The money that may be borrowed under the provisions of this act shall be expended in supplying said town with water in any manner that said president, recorder and trustees, may deem necessary and expedient.

1873 "The South Bend Water Works," The South Bend Tribune, December 6, 1873, Page 2.
Includes information on iron pipes installed in 1841 in New Lisbon and wood pipes installed in 1807 that were still in good condition.

1879 History of Columbiana County, Ohio: With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers, by Horace Mack.
Page 116:  To insure better protection and to prevent a general conflagration, steps were taken in 1836 to so amend the charter of the village as to empower the council to construct water-works. After considerable controversy the proposed improvement was made.  A stone reservoir about 40 feet square and 10 feet deep was constructed at the head of Market Street by William Jellison about 1840. This supplied conduits along Market Street to Washington Street, branching east and west on Walnut so as to reach Beaver and Jefferson Streets, the whole costing $10,000. In 1874 a new and much larger reservoir was constructed, and the smaller one dispensed with. This improvement required a large increase of water-pipes, which were extended on Washington Street and Lincoln Avenue, and hydrants were provided at convenient distances. To secure these additional advantages a further expenditure of $12,000 was made.

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

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

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

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

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

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