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See the Holly Steam Engines at The Col. Ward Pumping Station This Weekend
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See the Holly Steam Engines at The Col. Ward Pumping Station This Weekend


   Buffalo's Hidden treasure are the Holly Steam Pumps at the Col. Francis G. Ward Pumping Station on Porter Ave. Built by the Holly Manufacturing Co., Buffalo N.Y. in 1914, they still exist today in their original configuration complete and intact. The five engines stand 60 ft. tall and weigh in at 1100 tons apiece, capable of pumping up to 30,000,000 million gallons per day each.

  They were the largest engines ever built by the Holly Company. They operated, pumping Buffalo's water from 1915 till about 1977.  The building itself is magnificent with it's large arched windows, tile walls, iron railings and street lights lining the balcony. The original building was designed by Esenwein & Johnson

  The Industrial Heritage Committee, Inc. is sponsoring a public tour of the Pump House, and these incredible engines, on  Saturday September 28th 2013, doors open at 1 p.m., tour begins at 1:30. No reservations are needed.  The tour is free but any donation would be appreciated to offset the cost of the sound system.

  The pumping Station is located at the foot of Porter Avenue, Buffalo New York near the Peace Bridge. From the north take the 190 to exit 9 Porter Avenue, then turn right. From the south take 190 to exit 8 Niagara Street, turn left on Niagara then six blocks to Porter Ave., turn left and continue to Pumping Station. Parking is on Porter Ave. and D.A.R. Drive. Enter at Guard Gate at the end of Porter Ave.

  It is a rare opportunity to see this one of a kind array of steam engines. I talk about the history of Buffalo's water system, Col. Ward, explain the steam engines and other related interesting stories about the pump house and waterworks in general, and answer any questions.


Brought to you by the Industrial Heritage Committee, Inc. and The Buffalo History Gazette

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