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Dublin’s Historic Water Pump: Horses, Car Wrecks and Public Art

Though we know Dublin as a thriving city today, it was once a poor farming town. Farmers would come into town to stock up on supplies, and their horses needed water. So in the 1880s, the town installed a water pump, smack-dab in the middle of the intersection of High and Bridge streets.

The pump’s location became problematic as buggies gave way to cars. For a time, the pump was surrounded by a cement encasement (shown in the bottom-left corner of the photo below). But as more cars starting running into the pump, the city decided it was time to remove it in 1926.

Nearly a century later, Dublin’s historic water¬†pump was resurrected, serving as the inspiration for public art. The city commissioned Michael Tizzano to create “Daily Chores” in 2012. The bronze sculpture, located near that same intersection, depicts a young girl and boy using a water pump.

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Downtown Dublin today

Historic photo credit: Dublin Historical Society

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