Fairmount Dam

Fairmount Dam (HM19XG)

Location: Philadelphia, PA 19130 Philadelphia County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 58.015', W 75° 11.077'

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The steam engine originally used to pump river water up to the Reservoir were dangerous and expensive to operate. Because of this, the Watering Committee decided to convert the Water Works to water power. The Fairmount Dam was built to achieve this goal.

Located to your right, the dam crosses the Schuylkill River at an angle. It diverted the river from its natural channel into the Forebay, now filled-in. At 2,008 feet, this innovative dam was the longest in the United States when completed in 1821. It was designed by Massachusetts engineer Ariel Cooley.

In addition to providing water power, the dam created a pool of calm, pond-like water stretching five miles upriver. The "Fairmount Pool" has been popularly used for boating and recreation from the 1820s to the present.
HM NumberHM19XG
Placed ByFairmount Park Conservancy
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Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 4:45pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 484233 N 4424101
Decimal Degrees39.96691667, -75.18461667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 58.015', W 75° 11.077'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 58' 0.90" N, 75° 11' 4.62" W
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Area Code(s)215, 267, 717, 484, 610
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 44-46 Aquarium Dr, Philadelphia PA 19130, US
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