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List of Holly Water Systems

The Holly Manufacturing Company of Lockport, New York built or provided machinery for over 100 water works between 1863 and 1890 that used direct-pressure technology patented by Birdsill Holly.  The system numbers through 62 are in the order that contracts were received by the company as shown in their 1870 and 1872 brochures.  Systems are shown chronologically after that based on the date they began operating.  Where no system number is shown, the system was not recognized by the Holly Company, although they may have been referred to as "Holly systems" locally.  Many other direct pumping systems were called "Holly systems," even though they didn't use Holly machinery.  Holly's water patents expired in 1886 and the company was afterwards primarily engaged in building pumping engines.  

System #
City
State
Year
Owner
Engineers
Contractor
Water
Steam
Rotary
Gang
Quad
Gaskill
Remarks
1 Lockport NY 1863 City Holly Holly 1863
1



2 Auburn NY 1865 Auburn Water-Works Company

1865
3 1

Water
3 Gouverneur NY 1867 Gouverneur water works Company
W. G. Hamilton 1867
3


Water
4 Minneapolis MN 1868 City James E Waters
1868
2


Water

Aurora IL 1869 City

1869
3


Three Holly pumps installed in local mills provided fire protection.
5 Vergennes VT 1869 City

1869
3


Water
6 Ogdensburg NY 1869 City G W Pearsons
1869 1872 3 1

Water & Steam added 1872
7 Binghamton NY 1868 City Jno. Evans

`1868 2 1

Steam rotary pump, gang pump?
8 Peoria IL 1869 City Holly Holly
1869 1 1

steam rotary pumps, gang pumps added July 1871
9 Batavia NY 1869 Village

1869 1869 1 1

Steam & Water
10 Canton OH 1870 City J L Pillsbury
1870
1



Holly Water, Cameron pump added in 1874, Worthington in 1880
11 Kalamazoo MI 1869 City Holly


2
1

Holly Rotary, Quadruplex added in 1873
12 Marquette MI 1870 Town
Holly

1
1
1
Steam Holly Gang pump and rotary pump
13 Connersville IN 1870 city Holly Holly 1870

2
1

Water rotary pumps, Quadruplex added later
14 Ironton OH 1872 City Holly Coverdale & weir

2
1

Steam Holly gang pump and 2 rotary pumps
15 Dayton OH 1870 City Wm C Weir


1 1 1
Steam Holly Gang pump
16 Covington KY 1871 City Wm C Weir, holly


1 2 2
4
Holly Gang Pump with 12 pistons
17 Columbus OH 1871 City J. L. Pillsbury


2 1

Holly Rotary and Gang Pumps
18 Indianapolis IN 1871 Water Works Company of Indianapolis James O Woodruff



1

Holly Gang Pump
19 Jackson MI 1870 Jackson City Water Company Holly


1 1

Steam rotary and piston, bought by city in 1871.
20 Norwalk OH 1871 City of Norwalk Holly Holly

1
1

Steam Holly Rotary and Gang Pumps, replaced with Worthington in 1878
21 Buffalo NY 1871 City of Buffalo



2 1

Water & Steam gang pump
22 Saratoga Springs NY 1871 Village Gaskill Holly

2
1
2
Steam Holly Gang Pumps
23 Cumberland MD 1871 City Holly Holly


1

Steam Holly Gang Pumps
24 Evansville IN 1872 City Holly, Weir Holly
1872
2
1

1
Steam Holly gang and rotary pumps, Gaskill pump added in 1880.
25 La Porte IN 1871 City Holly Holly
1871
2
1

Holly Steam Gang Pump and 2 rotary pumps
26 Columbus IN 1871 City
Holly
1871
2
1

1

33 Schenectady NY 1872 Schenectady water co




1

Steam Holly Gang Pump

Dubuque IA









Contract awarded, but elevated source of water found.
28 Syracuse NY 1871 Syracuse Water Co.



1


Holly engine for sale ENR 1877 4:167
29 Portsmouth OH 1872 City W.C. Weir


3
1

Steam Hollly Gang and rotary pumps
30 Denver CO 1872 Denver Water Company




1

Steam Holly gang pump
31 Potsdam NY 1871 Village Galen W Pearsons


2


Water

Blue Rapids KS 1871 Carlos E. Olmstead



1


Homemade system, first pump was in a boxcar during the Chicago fire and destroyed.
32 Allegan MI 1872 Village Phelps


2


Water, replaced by Walker pumps around 1885

Plainwell MI 1872 Village



1


Replaced by Walker pumps in 1885.
33 Des Moines IA 1872 Des Moines Water Co



2
1


Steam
34 Big Rapids MI 1872 City




1

Steam Holly gang pump
35 Youngstown OH 1872 City
Holly

2
1

Holly rotary and gang pumps
36 Mansfield OH 1872 City Holly Holly

2
1

Steam rotary and gang pump
37 Dunkirk NY 1872 village
Holly


2
1
Steam First quadruplex
38 Sedalia MO 1872 CIty



2
1

Steam Holly gang pump
39 Memphis TN 1873 Memphis Water Co. A R Ketchum Galen W Pearsons


1

Holly gang pump
40 Decatur IL 1872 Town Kinsley & Mahler Dodson & Holmes

1



41 Bay City MI 1872 City George C. Morgan


2

1
1
Steam
42 Rock Island IL 1872 City Holly


2
1 1
1
Holly gang pump, Quadruplex added in 1882; Gaskill added in 1892

South Bend IN 1873








Water commissioners contracted for Holly system, but voters chose a standpipe.
43 Saginaw City MI 1873 City Holly


2

1
1
Steam
44 East Saginaw MI 1873 City
Holly

1

2
1
Steam, second Quadruplex added in 1883; Gaskill pump ordered in 1889
45 Danville PA 1872 Borough Holly O H Ostrander

2
1


Steam rotary and gang pumps
46 Titusville PA 1873 City M E Bassett






Steam
47 Sacramento CA 1873 City



2 2


48 Norfolk VA 1873 City







Steam
49 Rochester NY 1874 City








50 Martinsburg WV 1874 City







Water and steam
51 Port Huron MI 1873 City Wm M Avery




1
2
Steam
52 Sidney OH 1873 Village of Sidney T R Scowden
2





Holly rotary pumps water driven
53 Long Island City NY 1875 City Wm. M. Worthen






Steam
54 Town of Lake and Village of  Hyde Park IL 1874 Town J. T. Foster





1

Steam.  Pumping plant was jointly owned be the Town of  Lake and Village of Hyde Park.  Hyde Park built its own pumping station in 1882 and both were annexed to Chicago in 1889.
55 Flushing NY 1874 Village








56 Kansas City MO 1875 National Water Works Co. Galen W Pearsons KC







57 Litchfield IL 1874 Town





1


58 Pueblo CO 1874 City Galen W. Pearsons







57 Atlanta GA 1875 City A R Ketchum Jno A Grant






60 Middletown OH 1875 Town
Holly



1

Water-driven Quadruplex
61 Evanston IL 1875 Town Holly Holly



1

Steam-driven Quadruplex
62 Rockford IL 1875 City Holly




2
2
Steam
63
Beaver Falls PA 1873 Beaver Falls Water Co Jno Reeves & H Rice J W Ramsey





Holly water
64 Bangor ME 1876 city FH Eaton, Galen W. Pearsons holly






65 Suspension Bridge NY 1876 Municipal Holly C. F. Shelley






66 Garden City NY 1876 A.T. Stewart's estate W. R. Hinsdale Henry Lewis, Flushing






67 Taunton MA 1876 City George H Bishop Holly





Steam
68 Urbana OH 1878 Urbana Water-Works Co
Holly



1
1
Steam Quadruplex
69 Burlington IA 1878 Burlington water company T N Boutelle Holly, Russell & Alexander pipes





Holly
70 Keokuk IA 1878 Keokuk water works co W C Stripe T. Cowell



1

Steam

Omaha NE










71 Golden CO 1879 Municipal
Russell & Alexander





Holly
72 Tiffin OH 1879 Tiffin Water-Works Co. S. L. Wiley Wiley Construction  Company



1
2
Steam and water power
73 Owensboro KY 1879 Ownsboro Water Co







Steam
74 Alpena MI 1879 Alpena City Water Co.







Water

Lyons MI 1879 Village







Holly pump used for fire protection
75 Emporia KS 1880 City





1
1
Steam
76 Oskaloosa IA 1880 Oskaloosa Water Co.
T E Cowell





Steam

Fort Wayne IN 1880 City J D Cook




1
Primarily a direct pressure Holly system with a reservoir for backup. A Holly triple-expansion engine was added in 1891.

St. Louis MI 1880 Village Jno T Noble M. Walker





2 holly, 1 walker
77 Fargo ND 1880 Fargo Water & Steam Company
Holly, T. Cowell pipes Holly






78
Silver City/Cliff CO 1881









79 Far Rockaway NY 1881








Holly
80 Kenton OH 1882 Kenton Water Works Co.
Holly, Truman Cowell






81 Salem NJ 1882 City Isaac S. Cassin Holly





Holly
82 Abilene KS 1882 Abilene Water and Electric Light Company C Orton






Holly
83 Milford MA 1882 Milford water co Moses Joy Jr Geo B Inman NYC





Holly
84 Topeka KS 1882 Topeka Water-supply Co.
Russell & Alexander





Holly
85 Jamestown NY 1882 Jamestown Water Supply Co. Holly Holly





Holly
86 Dover DE 1882 Town Isaac S. Cassin Holly







Bluffton IN 1882 Town







Holly
87 Atlantic IA 1882 Atlantic City Water Co T Cowell Denison & Cowell





Holly
88 East Orange NJ 1882 Orange Water Co.







Holly
89 Austin TX 1882 Austin City Water Co. M. C. Orton







90 Fort Worth TX 1883 Forth Worth Water Works Co. M. C. Orton Drake & Orton






91 Iowa City IA 1883 Iowa City Water Co T. Cowell T. Cowell







Racine WI









Franchise received in 1883, but system not built
92 Fort Collins CO 1883 Municipal H. P. Handy Russell & Alexander





Holly water
93 Salina KS 1883 Salina Water Works Co
Orton, Drake & Bonebrake





Holly
94 Adrian MI 1883 Adrian Michigan Water-Works Co
S. L. Wiley





Holly

Chase MI 1883 Town Wm Yates






Holly
95 Flint MI 1883 Flint city Water-Works Co Holly Holly





Holly
96 Manistee MI 1883 Manistee Water Co Holly holly






97 West Bay City MI 1883 City







Holly
98 Oshkosh WI 1884 Oshkosh Water Co.
Holly





Holly
99 Spokane Falls WA 1884 Spokane Falls Water Works Assn R. A. Jones Philip Buehner





Holly
100 Olathe KS 1884 Olathe Water Works ? Galen W Pearsons; D. W. Pike






Holly

Roanoke VA 1884 Roanoke Water Co Howard Murphy holly (plant)





Holly reservoir & DP
101 Gainesville TX 1884 Gainesville Water Co







Holly
102 Lexington KY 1885 Lexington Hydraulic & Mfg Co J D Cook S A Charles





Holly
103 Ashland WI 1885 Ashland Water co Holly






Holly

Sioux City IA 1885 City W. C. Stripe; Elliott






Holly reservoir & DP
104 Clay Centre KS 1885 Clay Centre Water Co. Drake & Orton Drake & Orton





Holly
105 Tacoma WA 1885 Tacoma Light & Water Co.







Holly water
106 Wausau WI 1885 City W. R. Coats Holly





Holly
107 Valparaiso IN 1885 Valparaiso City Water Co







Holly
108 Carrollton MO 1885 Carrollton Water-Works Co.







Holly
109 Vineland NJ 1885
Chas J. Leighley






Holly tank
110 Tampa FL 1885









111 Fond du Lac WI 1886 Fond Du Lac Water Co
Holly







Asbury Park NJ 1886 village Isaac S. Cassin






Holly standpipe
112 Richmond IN 1886 Richmond City Water-works Co S. L. Wiley Wiley Const co





Holly
113 Hutchinson KS 1886 Water Light & Telephone Co Drake & Orton Drake & Orton






114 Beatrice NE 1886 City
Holly





Holly
115 Tonawanda NY 1887 Tonawanda City Water-Works Co. Geo P. Smith B. F Betts





Holly
116 Lima OH 1887 Municipal J. D. Cook






Holly
117 Pulaski NY 1887 Village E D Smalley G. W. White





Holly



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