Documentary History of American Water-works

Introduction Historical Background Chronology Geography Biography Technology Ownership and Financing General Bibliography
Pacific States
Oregon Astoria

Astoria, Oregon

Astoria was incorporated as a city in 1876.

The first water system was reportedly built in 1870 by unknown parties.

James W. Welch, his mother, and W. W. Parker built the Welch Hill water works around 1877. This system was merged into the Columbia Water Works in 1882.

The Columbia Water Company built works in 1884.

The city bought the water company in 1892 and built a 7 mile wood-stave conduit 18-inches in diameter.

Water is supplied by the City of Astoria.


References
1884 Astoria, Engineering News 12:250  (November 22, 1884)

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

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

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

1893 An Illustrated History of the State of Oregon, by Harvey Kimball Hines
Page 466:  Welch Hill water works

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


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