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Fort Worth Flashback: More than century-old pump station valve removed

Posted Oct. 24, 2011

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Placed in service in 1892, this valve was installed during construction of the Holly Pump Station, now the site of the North Holly Water Treatment Plant.

The valve was in service almost 20 years before construction began on Fort Worth’s first water reservoir, Lake Worth (started in 1911 and filled in 1914), and predates by 26 years the treatment plant that still used it until this month. The valve, though in excellent working condition, was taken out of service two weeks ago and removed last week as part of a $3.5 million project to replace distribution pipelines that supply treated drinking water to Fort Worth homes and businesses.

Despite it’s nearly 120-year career, Water Department officials aren’t ready to let the valve retire. Plans are in place to sandblast and paint it for display at a Fort Worth Water Department facility.

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. These items include city and county government documents, newspapers, directories, cemetery association records, maps as well as popular and scholarly books written by local authors or about local subjects. To learn more, call 817-392-7740 or email the Genealogy, History and Archives Section.

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