Documentary History of American Water-works

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Middle Atlantic States Pennsylvania  Mauch Chunk

Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania

Jim Thorpe was founded in 1818 as Mauch Chunk, and changed its name to Jim Thorpe in 1954.

The Mauch Chunk Water Company was incorporated in 1849 to "introduce and convey water into the village of Mauch Chunk."  Asa Packer, E. A. Douglas, John Lentz, Jacob H. Salkeld, Cornelius Conner, Conrad Miller, L. D. Knowles, Edward Lippincot, John Mears and George Weiss were appointed as commissioners to form the company, which built a gravity system that began service that same year.

The East Mauch Chunk Water Company was incorporated in 1860 "for the purpose of introducing, from the most convenient sources, into the said borough of East Mauch Chunk."  A. W. Leisenring, W. B. Mack, John Rudale, Thomas Siegfreid, Solomon Dreisbach and George Ruddle were appointed commissioners to form the company.

The Maunch Chunk Water Company was amended in 1861 to allow them to serve East Mauch Chunk. 

The Upper Mauch Chunk Water Company was incorporated on October 26, 1872 and built a system serving that portion of the community.

The National Water Corporation bought the Mauch Chunk Water Company in 1928.

In 1962, the Jim Thorpe Borough Council agreed to purchase the Mauch Chunk Water Company for $350,000 and the Upper Mauch Chunk Water Company for $90,000.

Water service is provided by the Borough of Jim Thorpe.


References
1849 An act authorizing the governor to incorporate the Mauch Chunk water company.  March 6, 1849.

1849 Trenton State Gazette, December 5, 1849, Page 4.
The Maunch Chunk Water Works have been finished.  The force of the water is sufficient to extinguish a fire without the aid of fire engines.

1860 An act to incorporate the East Mauch Chunk Water Company.  February 16, 1860.

1861 A supplement to an act, entitled "An act authorizing the governor to incorporate the Mauch Chunk water company," approved the sixth day of March, Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and forty-nine.  May 1, 1861.

1881 Mauch Chunk, from Engineering News, 8:520 (December 24, 1881)

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

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

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

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

1928 "Water Company Sold," Harrisburgh Telegraph, November 15, 1928, Page 3.

1954 "Mauch Chunk to Form Water Authority," Hazleton Plain Speaker, March 2, 1954, Page 32.

1957 "Favor Purchase of Town Water Companies," Hazleton Plain Speaker, May 22, 1957, Page 24.

1962 "Jim Thorpe Council To Buy Water Company," Hazleton Standard-Speaker, May 23, 1962, Page 22.






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