Danforth, Frederic

Manuscript Belfast, Maine Water Company Plan for Robert Elwell

Plan of Land of the Belfast Water Company Made for Robert Elwell

DESCRIPTION: Original four-foot wide manuscript survey of Water Reservoir Number 1 at Belfast, Maine. "Plan of Land of the Belfast Water Company Made for Robert Elwell." By Frederic Danforth C.S. Dated within at October, 1890. Laid to linen.

The Belfast Water Company was founded in 1887 after two major fires (1865, 1871) demonstrated the existing water supply was insufficient. Construction began on the reservoir with a 175 foot long dam near the mouth of Little River. Scale 1 inch = 80 feet.

The water district discontinued using the Little River reservoir in 1980. Today the brick pump house on the north side of the dam serves as the offices of the Belfast Water District.

Frederick Danforth, son of Judge Charles Danforth, was born in 1848. He graduated from Dartmouth College, specializing in civil engineering. After graduation Danforth settled upon the career of railroad engineering. In 1876, after an engagement with the European and North American railway Danforth established an office in Gardiner, and in 1891 he was elected a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. (Online: http://files.usgwarchives.net/me/kennebec/gardiner/history/ kingsbury/gardiner/kengard.txt.)

CREATOR: Danforth, Frederic



BODY OF WATER: Belfast Bay

CONDITION: Good.  A few very short edge tears. Laid to linen. A solid piece.

COLORING: Original hand coloring.


SIZE: 48 " x 25 "


PRICE: $1150


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