Documentary History of American Water-works

Introduction Historical Background Chronology Geography Biography Technology Ownership and Financing General Bibliography

Technology Cast Iron Pipe

Cast Iron Pipe in American Waterworks

Chronological list of American water work systems using cast iron pipes

Cast iron pipes were first installed in New York City in 1799 and slowly became more common as manufacturers developed better casting methods.


1918 "Prices and Depreciation of Cast Iron Pipe (with discussion)," by Burt B. Hodgman, A. F. Kirstein, J. N. Chester, George A. Main, Rudolph Hering, Charles F. Barrett, E. E. Davis, Leonard Metcalf, F. N. Connet and B. B. Hodgman , Journal of the American Water Works Association, 5(2):145-162 (June, 1918)

2000 A Landscape Transformed:  The ironmaking district of Salibury, Connecticut, by Robert B. Gordon | Also here (subscription required) |
Pages 35-36:  Holley and Coffing.  They were about to deliver 200 tons of conduit pipe to Albany.
Page 61:  In addition to making bar iron, they supplied cast-iron pipe for Albany's first water system.

The Wright Family papers at the Hagley Museum and Library contain several documents relating to cast iron pipes for water works.

Also see the general bibliography page, which includes links to several lists of waterworks with information about pipes.

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