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Title: Our firemen. A history of the New York fire departments, volunteer and paid … 650 engravings; 350 biographies.
Year: 1887 (1880s)
Authors: Costello, Augustine E.
Publisher: New York, A. E. Costello
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lIt K I R K M K N. 311 tbfl most elevated grounds. The company made several attempts to procurewater, but I>eing satisfied by their experiments of tin; impracticability of tin:undertaking, the concern fell through. In L825 five additional cisterns were ordered to be constructed. In conse-quence of a serious (ire in the Eighth Ward, tbe lire companies were orderedto 1111 all the public cisterns with water. Two years later (IS.*;) seven addi-tional cisterns were ordered ; eighteen more in 1828, and sixteen additionalones in 1829. The city then possessed forty public cisterns, at an estimatedCOBl of twenty-four thousand dollars. Each cistern contained usually aboutone hundred hogsheads of water. But the supply of water was neverthelessinsufficient. At least sixty additional cisterns were required for that portionof the city between Fourteenth and Grand Streets on Broadway, and Four-teenth and Pearl Streets on Chatham Street, and on the east side. It was
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THIRTEENTH STREET RESERVOIR AND WASHINGTON INSTITUTE.[Thirteenth Street and Fourth Avenue.] therefore recommended that the city lay down two lines of iron pipe, for thesecurity of the city in the section mentioned The firemen built a cistern under the entrance-way to the Old FiremensHall in Fulton Street. This was the first cistern ever built in the city, andcontained a hundred hogsheads of water. Engine Companies Nos. 13, 18, 21,and -J4 share the credit of this work. Much disagreement and dissension appear to have prevailed amongcitizens and officials as to the propriety of making the cost of constructingcisterns a public charge. Fully a year had been occupied with such dissen-sions, when, finally, on March 29, 1827, the Committee on Assessments of theCommon Council reported favorably for making the cost of cisterns a publiccharge. This report was negatived. Public cisterns were, however, estab-lished for the use of the Department, some twenty-five additional having beenerected up to
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