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Object Entities
Frangos, Steve (is related to)
Ypsilanti, (is related to)
Object Description
Ypsilanti Water Tower sign; posted to inform the public that this location is a registered historic site. The sign reads as follows: Day laborers constructed this water tower which was completed in 1890 at a cost of $21,435.63. The tower and the city waterworks supplied 471 customers in the first year. An ordinance passed on April 14, 1898, established a yearly rate schedule. Rates were based on the number of faucets in use, the type of business that customers operated and the livestock they owned. A residencewith one tap was charged $5.00; a private bathtub cost an extra $2.00. Saloon keepers paid $7.00 for one faucet, $3.00 for each additional faucet and $1.00 for each billard table. Each cow a person owned cost $1.00. People who failed to pay their bill were subject to a $50.00 fine and ninety days in the county jail. Until 1956 this structure was the only water tower in the Ypsilanti water system.
Ypsilanti (1793- 1832) was a hero of the Greek War of Independence. The Ypsilanti Water Tower (1890) was named in his honor, as was the town of Ypsilanti itself (1829).
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Photograph, 2000, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/4621. Accessed 03/07/21.