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Historic Sites of Manitoba: James Avenue Pumping Station (109 James Avenue, Winnipeg)

Designed by Winnipeg City Engineer H. N. Ruttan, this one-storey brick building was constructed in 1906 to improve the city’s inadequate water supply system for firefighting. It drew water from the Red River and distributed it through eight miles of lines to over seventy hydrants in the downtown area. Six pumps were powered by gas derived from coal. In 1962, the engines were converted to natural gas and electricity. The facility, now a municipally-designated historic site, was closed in 1986. None of the various plans to reuse the building have come to fruition.

James Avenue Pumping Station

James Avenue Pumping Station (October 2014)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.89889, W97.13365
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites

Firewater - The James Avenue Pumping Station by Sheila Grover
Manitoba History, Number 13, Spring 1987


High Pressure Pumping Station, 109 James Avenue, Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, May 1982.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 May 2017

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