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[Pennsylvania]. [Water]
[Archive of Photographs Documenting the Construction of the Lanpher Reservoir to Provide Water to Pittsburgh]
[Allegheny County, 1914. About very good.. 222 photographs, each measuring 6.25 x 8.25 inches. Intermittent minor wear and slight chipping at edges. A few images with small losses at corners, not seriously affecting images. Photos generally clear and sharp. An extensive collection of nearly 225 professional engineering photographs that document the construction of the 151-million-gallon Lanpher Reservoir during 1913 and 1914. The reservoir was built over a three-year period from 1911 to 1914 on the north side of the Allegheny River, almost directly across the water from the grounds of the Allegheny Arsenal, and upon completion became the largest of Pittsburgh's water works. In 1930, the reservoir was named after its managing engineer, Erwin Eugene Lanpher (1875-1930), a former surveyor on the Panama Canal.The present set of images comprise a monthly photographic chronicle of progress at the construction site, running from April 23, 1913, to May 4, 1914. Every photograph is captioned and marked with date and image number within the negative. The photos depict all facets of construction, including the massive excavation required to create the reservoir, the large retaining walls needed to maintain the structural integrity of the project, and the extensive network of new distribution pipes, as well as outbuildings, temporary workmen's buildings and other infrastructure such as a dedicated railroad needed for the completion of the project. They also impart an excellent sense of the size and scope of the project, and the slow progress made over the course of more than one … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: McBride Rare Books [United States]
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