…and speaking of Old Cisterns.
My last post was about the built-in gutters on the Cross House, and how they originally fed into a cistern.
I was surprised by how many people asked questions about the cistern.
So, may I please introduce…the Cistern of the Cross House?
From Biographical Sketches:
JOSEPH C. JONES, foundry, was born in Monmouthshire, Wales, February 28, 1831. Came to the United States in 1851, and after a residence of about three years and a half in New York City, resided for thirteen years in Pennsylvania. In 1871 started West, and after three years spent in Ohio came to Kansas in 1874. Located in Emporia. Having early in life learned the trade of foundryman, which he has since followed, he bought the only foundry in the city, located on the M. K. & T. R’y track near the depot. After he had operated it about a year and a half it was destroyed by fire. He then, in 1876, erected a new foundry building on the corner of Market street and Third Avenue, which he continues to operate, doing mostly a jobbing business. Married Miss Catharine Fisher of New York City, March 16, 1852, and by this marriage has had seven children, of whom Horace G., George F., Charles W., and Joseph E. are living.
The cistern looks in amazing condition. I may be inspired, may, to drop a ladder into the deep, dark, dank depths (and it is deeeeeeep!), and investigate further.
As previously mentioned, I plan to reconnect the gutters to the cistern, and use this water for watering the landscaping.
It seems amazing that this once vital feature to the Cross House, long abandoned, is still so intact, unfilled, and seemingly ready to be called to duty after a very long hiatus.
Once again, The Cross House continues to surprise and delight me.
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