Babson Reservoir Water Tank (former) – Gloucester MA

Description

WPA Bulletin, 1937: “Up in Gloucester four WPA painters are specks in the sky as they swing in tiny bossun’s chairs from the top of the 250-foot Babson Reservoir water tank which they are painting. Such a height should make a sea gull unbalanced but these men don’t mind it a bit. “Safer than walking on the street” says Harrison Boutwell, one of the WPA’ers, an ex-navy man who was given a medal last summer for saving a child from death after it had fallen into Gloucester harbor and was held by the muddy bottom.”

Living New Deal believes the water tank to be demolished.

Source notes

Works Progress Bulletin, Massachusetts: Oct. 15, 1937 (pg. 4).
http://archive.org/details/worksprogressbul3637unit

Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on May 5, 2017.

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Location Info


Babson Reservoir
Gloucester, MA

Location notes: Approx. location marker

Coordinates: 42.62807, -70.66220

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