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Free tour of Ward Pumping Station on tap for Saturday

A tour of the pump house of the Col. Francis G. Ward Pumping Station will be held Saturday, with doors opening at 1 p.m. and the tour getting underway at 1:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Industrial Heritage Committee Inc., the tour offers a chance to view the five, 60-foot-tall triple-expansion steam engines – the largest ever built when installed in 1915. The engines, each weighing in at 1,100 tons, are capable of pumping 30 million gallons of water a day. At the time, the building was considered the largest pumping station under one roof in the world.

The Ward pumping facility is at the foot of Porter Avenue at LaSalle Park. Participants are instructed to meet by the Porter Avenue gate at the corner of DAR Drive.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. For more information on this and other tours, visit