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Mile Mark: 24.30
Elevation: 1365'
Date Built: ca. 1910

This enclosed water tank was likely built around 1910. The tank is wood frame with wood siding partially covered with asphalt veneer. It is similar in design to the Robertsdale Tankhouse. The tank was fed by a single cylinder gasoline engine powering a vertical stroke pump via a flat belt. The water supply is a cistern adjacent to the rear of the tank, fed by pipe from a spring a few hundred feet toward Sideling Hill from the tank. The disposition of the engine is not known.

This is the last intact EBT tankhouse, but it has suffered beam failure due to rot from a roof leak and is highly endangered at this time. The building was also damaged by persons who stole the pump mechanism from the building during the winter of 1997. In the past year 'Guerrilla Restoration' has taken place, replacing the damaged wall, roof and shoring up the failed member. This has kept the building from deteriorating further, but the building badly needs proper stabilization.

On the EBT Most Endangered List

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