City Reservoir and Water System Improvements – Fortuna CA

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Description

Works Progress Administration (WPA) project cards in the National Archives indicate that WPA crews did extensive work on the city water supply system in Fortuna in 1937 and 1940.  A new reservoir was proposed in 1935 and approved in 1936.  The next round, in 1939-40, included laying of new and reclaimed water mains, installing hydrants and improving water treatment.

This work cannot be definitively confirmed, since water mains are undergr0und and hydrants have been replaced by modern fixtures.  The reservoir on a hill north of downtown Fortuna does appear to be of the right age to be the one built by the WPA. 

Source notes

WPA Project cards, National Archives

Project originally submitted by Richard Walker on June 14, 2021.

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Location Info


Stewart St.
Fortuna, CA

Location notes: pin drop at city reservoir

Coordinates: 40.602218, -124.155790

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