The Cisterns

The Cisterns (HM51O)

Location: Fort Washington, MD 20744 Prince George's County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 42.631', W 77° 2.125'

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A reliable supply of drinking water for the garrison was a priority at Fort Washington. Three wells dug early in the fort's construction proved inadequate.

By 1823, four cisterns were installed to store rainwater. Located underground at each end of the barracks and officers' quarters, these cisterns had a total capacity of 19,000 gallons.

Rainwater from the gutters and downspouts of the buildings flowed through a filter box into the cisterns. The water could then be removed by a handpump.
HM NumberHM51O
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Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 1:31am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 323025 N 4286619
Decimal Degrees38.71051667, -77.03541667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 42.631', W 77° 2.125'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 42' 37.86" N, 77° 2' 7.50" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 971 Unnamed Road, Fort Washington MD 20744, US
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