|Introduction||Historical Background||Chronology||Geography||Biography||Technology||Ownership and Financing||General Bibliography|
Two aqueduct lotteries were held in London in 1635 and 1639. Several states authorized the use of lotteries as a funding source for early water works systems, but little has been written about them.
|1799||Baltimore||MD||Raised $4,381.70 but no system was
|1811||Philadelphia||PA||Union Canal lottery.|
|1825||New London||PA||New London Aqueduct Company petition for lottery|
1893 Lotteries in American history, by Ainsworth Rand Spofford, Annual Report of the American Historical Association
Page 176: In 1811 the Union Canal Company was chartered by the State to open water communication with the western counties, with power to supply Philadelphia with water, and to raise for these purposes the sum of $340,000 by a lottery. Under these powers an annual drawing was held, and the privilege being continued and enlarged by a new act in 1821.
Page 188: In 1838 the Kentucky legislature empowered the city of Frankfort to raise, by a lottery, $100,000 for the use of city schools and the construction of waterworks.
history of English lotteries; now for the first time written,
by John Ashton
Pages 29-33: Lotteries for bring water to London
chance a winner; the history of lotteries, by George Sullivan
Page 32: This enormous growth triggered demands from citizens of the day for additional services. They wanted roads and canals to get goods to market, water and sewage systems, and fire-fighting equipment.
Page 33: As new states were established, they, too, turned to lotteries to raise money. A lottery was authorized by Tennessee in 1823 for a hospital in Nashville; Frankfort, Kentucky, was granted a franchise in 1838 to raise $50,000 for a water supply system. Even the territorial governments relied upon lotteries. Missouri's first lottery, in 1817, was to provide fire-fighting equipment for the city of St. Louis, and the Michigan Territory authorized Detroit to conduct a lottery in 1819 for the same purpose.
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