Munjoy Hill Reservoir Break, Portland, 1893

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This image shows the Munjoy Hill Reservoir being rebuilt after it burst in 1893.

The Munjoy Hill Reservoir was completed in 1889 and had a capacity of 20 millions gallons. Because of a defective overflow, the reservoir burst on August 6, 1893. The break sent millions of gallons of water downhill, destroying four homes and killing four people. The reservoir was restrengthened and rebuilt, and was maintained until 1970.

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  • Title: Munjoy Hill Reservoir Break, Portland, 1893
  • Creation Date: 1893
  • Subject Date: 1893
  • Location: Portland, Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: Lantern slide
  • Dimensions: 8.5 cm x 10 cm
  • Local Code: GN-RES-6
  • Collection: Glass Slides
  • Object Type: Image

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Portland Water District
225 Douglass St., Portland, ME 04104
(207) 523-5266

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