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South Central States
Tennessee South Pittsburg

South Pittsburg, Tennessee

South Pittsburg was incorporated in 1887

The first water works were built in 1878 by the Southern Coal, Iron & Land Company. 

The South Pittsburgh City Water Company was incorporated on September 1, 1887.

On July 6, 1890 the system was transferred to the South Pittsburg City Water Company.  This company was bought in 1914 by John W. Adams, who also owned the South Pittsburg electric plant.  Adams and his son George B. Adams formed the Tennessee Water Company, which was part of the Southern Cities Utilities Company.  This company was sold to the Tennessee Electric Power Company in 1929 and the local electric systems in Tennessee were sold to local communities in 1939 when the Tennessee Valley Authority was formed.   

The South Pittsburg water works were bought by the city of South Pittsburg around 1940.

Water is supplied by the South Pittsburg Board of Water Works & Sewers

1887 "Pittsburg Water Company," The Daily American (Nashville, Tennessee), August 12, 1887, Page 3.

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

1889 "South Pittsburg's New Water Works," The Daily American (Nashville, Tennessee), April 27, 1889, Page 1.

1890 Engineering Record 27:221 (September 6, 1890)
South Pittsburg, Tenn. - A water works system is to be established at this place by the South Pittsburg City Water Company.  The capital stock is $50,000 and Mr. Hyde is the Secretary.

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

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

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

1913 "To Lay Water Mains in South Pittsburg," Nashville Tennessean, July 4, 1913, Page 10.

1914 "South Pittsburg Water Plant Sold," Nashville Tennessean, July 2, 1914, Page 4.
Purchased by J.W. Adams, Owner of Electric Light Plant.

1918 John Wesley Adams (1843-1918) grave

1925 Fire and Water Engineering 88(25) (June 24, 1925) | also here |
Water System of South Pittsburgh, Tenn., in Operation— A new water system has recently been completed for South Pittsburgh, Tenn., by the Tennessee Water Company.

1943 George B. Adams (1870-1943)

1973 A History of South Pittsburg, Tennessee:  The first hundred years, by Martelia Cameron Kelly

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