Beardstown’s demolished Public Works building, which was located at 11th and Edwards, was the site of the city’s old water works.
The photo on the left was taken in 2010 at about the same location as the one next to it, which was shot around 1950.
OUR WATER WORKS
The system of water works was accepted by the city council at the meeting on Thursday night of last week, the test of the system on that day being entirely satisfactory to the council and the water works committee. The plant is complete, with the exception of several hundred feet of piping which could not be laid, on account of high water, and which will be put down within the next thirty days. Although there are some people who say we do not need the water works, and that it was a waste of the city’s money to have them put in, our people generally are well satisfied with the city’s investment and the management of the matter by the council and committee and superintendents. The system will cost about $35,000. The stand pipe or tower stands at a height of 116 feet to the water line, the tank holding 40,000 gallons, and it is estimated that this will feed four streams with 150 pounds such as were thrown during the test of last week, for at least four hours. The engine and pump house, located near the tower contain 2 pump each with a capacity of three quarters of a million gallons, which will be sufficient for our needs for years to come. There are about five miles of mains running from the stand pipe on Eleventh street to State, down State to Main, down Main to Jackson, up Jackson to Third, on Second from Jackson to March. On Washington street from Main to Tenth; on Eighth from Washington to Jackson; down Jackson to Fifth; down Sixth to Lafayette; down Fourth to Lafayette. From Seventh down Jefferson to Main; on Fourth from Jefferson to State; on Seventh from Jefferson to Monroe; on Fourth from Jefferson to Edwards; on Main from Jefferson to Edwards. Forty-seven hydrants have been suitably placed on the corners of the principal streets. Suitable ordinances governing the use, cost, etc., of the water when used by private parties. We now have a water works system that any city could well be proud of, and which furnishes ample fire protection.
The Virginia Gazette – Friday, July 29, 1892