Thursday, August 30, 2007

Nashville's "Lighthouse?"

No, this isn't a lighthouse in the middle of the Cumberland River! It is actually a water intake station for the Omohundro Water Filtration Complex (OWFC) in Nashville. Built around 1888, the OWFC is one of the oldest water pumping stations in the United States and is still in use. The filtration plant complex, completed about 35-40 years after the intake station, stores and pumps the water. Originally steam-powered, it is now powered by electricity. The Omohundro Complex is on the National Register of Historic Places. My understanding is that it is still one of only two treatment plants supplying water to Nashville.

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