The Great Columbus Experiment of 1908: Waterworks that Changed the World

The Great Columbus Experiment of 1908: Waterworks that Changed the World

by Conrade C. Hinds


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After Senator Marcus Hanna, a presidential hopeful at the turn of the twentieth century, contracted typhoid from Columbus tap water and died soon after, the embarrassed city rushed into action. The Columbus Experiment was born. Scientists and a group of nationally renowned men who were taught the science of sanitary engineering at MIT by a forgotten and uncredited female chemist devised a plan and mobilized an army of workers into action, in spite of the ceaseless internal strife of city politicians. The result was a water-treatment system that virtually eliminated the scourge of typhoid, cholera and many other waterborne diseases from the civilized world, saving millions of lives. Join Conrade C. Hinds and the Columbus Landmarks Foundation in exploring the waterworks that changed the world.

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ISBN-13: 9781609497798
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 08/28/2012
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Conrade Hinds is an architect and a retired project manager the Columbus Division of Water. He has taught in the Engineering Technology Department at Columbus State for 24 years. Hinds also serves on the board for the Columbus Landmarks Foundation.

Table of Contents

Preface 7

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

Chapter 1 Waterborne Diseases, Pioneers and Connections 15

Chapter 2 Civil War: Disease Deaths 24

Chapter 3 The Chicago Fire Era and Changing Nature: The Era of Midwestern Problem Solving 28

Chapter 4 Famous Victims 32

Chapter 5 The Great Generation of the Nineteenth Century 34

Chapter 6 Firefighting Versus Disease 44

Chapter 7 New Pump Stations, an Electric Plant and Other Equipment 56

Chapter 8 The Need for a Dam 63

Chapter 9 McKinley, Hanna and Roosevelt 74

Chapter 10 Hanna's Death Played Out in the Columbus Press 84

Chapter 11 New Stars of the Twentieth Century 89

Chapter 12 Land Acquisition and a New Dam 96

Chapter 13 Water and Equipment 105

Chapter 14 Wastewater Plant 117

Chapter 15 Results and Operation 127

Chapter 16 After the Columbus Experiment and the Players' Fleering Fame 134

Chapter 17 The Challenges of the Twenty-first Century 139

Epilogue: The Hinds Family Connection to the Columbus Experiment 141

Appendix: Headlines 1903-1908 145

Bibliography 153

About the Author 157

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