Pumphouse and Reservoir – Bisbee AZ

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In 1936 the Works Progress Administration built the Pumphouse in Bisbee, Arizona. A dam was built above the Pumphouse to hold water which fed underneath the Pumphouse and supplied the city’s fire hydrants.

The Bisbee Daily Review, October 2, 1935, reported the city engineer, Ralph Motz, and the CCC engineer, Frank Brunel, “spent yesterday morning looking over the site of a dam to be constructed in wood canyon for flood control and to prevent erosion. ..Water impounded during rainy seasons will be pumped into the city reservoir and stored for use of the fire department.”

The pumphouse bears a distinctive oval WPA plaque.

Source notes

National Archives Record Group 69-N

Bisbee Daily Review, October 2, 1935, Page Eight, “Erosion control work will start soon.”
Bisbee Daily Review, October 3, 1935, Page Two, “Dam site surveys made by engineer.”

Project originally submitted by Brent McKee on December 7, 2017.
Additional contributions by Amanda Hetro.

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831 Tombstone Canyon
Bisbee, AZ

Coordinates: 31.452039, -109.932264

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