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At 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 6, 1893, Mrs A. M. Jones noticed a trickle leaking out of the Portland Water Company's reservoir on Munjoy Hill's North Street.
Soon thereafter, a 20-foot wave carrying 20 million gallons of water rushed down the hill, taking with it two houses and a barn.
Four people died when the reservoir wall gave way. The reservoir was soon rebuilt and remained in use until the 1970s.
About This Item
- Title: Munjoy Hill Reservoir breach, Portland, 1893
- Creation Date: 1893-08-06
- Subject Date: 1893-08-06
- Local Name: Munjoy Hill
- Town: Portland
- County: Cumberland
- State: ME
- Media: Glass Negative
- Collection: Angell Collection
- Object Type: Image
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243 Washington Street, Bath, ME 04530
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