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March 15, 2010

Hamilton Waterworks Pumphouse-The Steam Museum

Filed under: Cityscape,Scenic — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 7:00 am

Hamilton Waterworks Pumphouse- Steam Museum

Hamilton Waterworks Pumphouse- Steam Museum

Built in 1857 for the then staggering budget of $600,000, the Hamilton Waterworks Pumphouse provided clean water for the City of Hamilton. Before this time, cholera was epidemic in the city due to contaminated water, at times claiming over 500 lives in a year. It was a very impressive piece of engineering as it pumped 600,000 gallons of water per hour up 190 feet in height to a reservoir on the Niagara Escarpment.

The building is now the site of of a Steam Museum.

Waterworks Pumphouse

Waterworks Pumphouse

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  1. […] In 1987, when the residents of Hamilton needed pure and clean water to drink, the Hamilton Waterworks Pumphouse was built with the budget of 600,000 dollars. This pumphouse has now become a seighseeing place in Hamilton. You find the original post here | Hamilton Waterworks Pumphouse-The Steam Museum […]

    Pingback by An ancient building — March 29, 2010 @ 8:15 am

  2. We visited the pumphouse and had a wonderful personally guided tour in December 2009. It dates back a lot further than 1987 as stated above !

    Comment by Alan Jones — March 31, 2010 @ 5:28 am

  3. Hi Alan:

    I suspect that the comment above has a misprint. The information I found was for a date of 1857 as I noted in the post.

    Thanks for the comments, Harold

    Comment by Harold — March 31, 2010 @ 7:55 am

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