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Friday, July 25, 2014

Omohundro Waterworks Lighthouse

Omohundro Waterworks Lighthouse

In Tennessee, there are only two real lighthouses, but you wouldn't expect many from a landlocked state. Built in 1889, this lighthouse is on the Cumberland River in Nashville as part of the Omohundro Water Filtration Plant where it was also used to intake water. It is seen across the shore from Shelby Park. (The other one is in Decatur County on the Tennessee River)

The brick part at the top was the pump room, but the light also shone from a pole extending out of one of the windows. Originally, the brick was painted white but that has worn off by now. The water intake was in use until 1986 and in 1987 was added to the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Omohundro Water Filtration Complex District. It is in poor condition today with the holes in the roof.

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