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Nashville City Reservoir 1887-1889

2017 October 11
by Jan Wilkinson

Nashville City Reservoir taken by unknown photographer and unknown date

Just got another one of my glass-plate negatives identified.  It was made by an unknown photographer during late 1880’s.  I have three boxes and most of his pictures are taken in Texas and a few in Tennessee.

You can see more at these links:

Part Two-Help Me Identify Texas 1800’s Glass Negatives

The Nashville City Reservoir, located at 1401 8th Avenue in Nashville, Tennessee. The reservoir was built between 1887 and 1889. The structure was constructed on top of Kirkpatrick Hill, the site of Federal Blockhouse Casino during the Civil War, built by the Federal occupation forces as part of the fortifications surrounding the city to the south and the west. The structure of the reservoir is elliptical in shape, and major axis is approx. 603 feet. The distance around the reservoir at the top of the wall is about one-third of a mile. The capacity of the big water basin is approx. 51,000,000 gallons. The reservoir was built when Charles P. McCarver was Mayor, and the Board of Public Works was composed of Messrs. Ewing, Nestor and Kercheval. J. A. Jowett was the City Engineer. Forms part of Record Group 3, Metro Davidson County Photographer. 1 photograph negative : b & w ; 2.5 x 2.5 in.

Here is a great video of the building of this structure:

Thanks to the help from the Random Acts of Genealogy Kindness on Facebook for finally finding this photo’s location.

Hope you enjoy these little gems!


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