Water Storage Tank 188

Water Storage Tank 188 (HM2L97)

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N 38° 41.575', W 77° 8.453'

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Water storage tank 188, constructed in 1918, was the first permanent water storage facility for Camp A.A. Humphreys, home of the Army Engineer School and the World War I-era predecessor to Fort Belvoir. WST188 topped 118 feet making it the oldest and tallest structure within the Fort Belvoir Historic District (National Register of Historic Places, DHR No. 029-0209).

The 300,000 gallon reservoir tank was supported by six cast-iron legs and cross-braces connected to the tank's riveted steel-plate outer walls, a unique design feature of early 20th Century water towers. A metal scaling ladder led to a catwalk encircling the tank at 90 feet hight. A central metal pipe connected the reservoir to a pump station at ground level. Historic WST 188 remained in service until 2014 when it was replaced to meet increased water capacity at Fort Belvoir.
HM NumberHM2L97
Placed ByFort Belvoir Historic District
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Date Added Friday, September 27th, 2019 at 2:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 313808 N 4284875
Decimal Degrees38.69291667, -77.14088333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 41.575', W 77° 8.453'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 41' 34.5" N, 77° 8' 27.18" W
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