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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Organization of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Original Deposit of 1990 (Acc. 2000-016)

University of Texas San Antonio

Inventory of the San Antonio Water Works Company Records, 1878-1881



Descriptive Summary

Creator: San Antonio Water Works Company.
Title: San Antonio Water Works Company Records
Dates: 1878-1881
Creator Abstract: The original contract of the San Antonio Water Works Company was given to Jean Baptiste La Coste and associates on April 3, 1877. The company was to supply the City of San Antonio with water using the San Antonio River as a source.
Content Abstract: The bulk of the collection is financial records. Also included is a deed dated March 12, 1878.
Identification: MS 98
Extent: 1 linear foot (1 Box)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Historical Note

The original contract of the San Antonio Water Works Company was given to Jean Baptiste La Coste and associates on April 3, 1877. The company was to supply the City of San Antonio with water using the San Antonio River as a source. The storage reservoir was completed within two years of the signing of the contract. At the end of the contract the City of San Antonio reserved the right to buy the Water Works. W.R. Freeman, first engineer of the works, utilized the water power of the San Antonio River to pump the water of the Head to a higher level to obtain sufficient water pressure. LaCoste constructed a pumphouse near the headwaters of the San Antonio River in what is now Brackenridge Park. George W. Brackenridge financially supported the Water Works Company, gained controlling interest and took over in 1883. The City made several efforts to purchase the company, but disagreements within prevented any deals from being made. In 1905 Brackenridge sold the Water Works Company to George Kobusch, the first in numerous owners over the next 20 years. In 1925 the City of San Antonio was able to purchase the company. On June 1, 1925, the utility became known as the City Water Board and its management was placed under a Board of Trustees appointed by the City Council..

Source: Corner, William. San Antonio de Bexar : a guide and history. San Antonio, Texas : Bainbridge & Corner, 1890 and

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Scope and Content Note

The bulk of the collection is financial records. Also included is a deed dated March 12, 1878.

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Organization of Collection

Original Deposit of 1989 (Acc. 2000-016)

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Usage Restrictions

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
La Coste, Jean Baptiste.
Brackenridge, George Washington, 1832-1921.
Organizations
San Antonio Water Works Company.
Subjects
Water-supply engineering--Texas.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)
Brackenridge Park (San Antonio, Tex.)
Genres/Formats
Financial records.
Deed..
Local Subjects
Business
San Antonio History

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Related Material

The San Antonio Municipal Archives contain materials documenting San Antonio Water Works Company and successors, including the City Water Board Records.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], San Antonio Water Works Company Records, MS 98, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum in 1989 (Acc. 2000-016).

Processing Information

More detailed processing is not anticipated at this time.

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Inventory of the San Antonio Water Works Company Records

 

Original Deposit of 1990 (Acc. 2000-016)

Box
1 Deed between San Antonio Water Works Co. and J.S. Lockwood, 1878 March 12
Financial records, 1878
Financial records, 1879
Financial records, 1880
Financial records, 1881

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