Minne Lusa Pumping Station
|Minne Lusa Pumping Station|
|Town or city||Omaha, Nebraska|
|Client||Metropolitan Utilities District|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Mendelssohn, Fisher and Lawrie|
The Minne Lusa Pumping Station was located along John J. Pershing Drive in the Florence neighborhood of North Omaha, Nebraska. The station, which was surrounded by settling basins, was the main source for pumping, filtering, and distributing Missouri River water throughout the City of Omaha. The station was the namesake of the Minne Lusa neighborhood located immediately to the south.
Designed by notable Omaha architects Mendelssohn, Fisher and Lawrie, the building was constructed at the Florence Water Works between 1888 and 1889. A large public opening was held August 1, 1889. The main pumping station was a massive building of Warrensburg sandstone with a central tower rising four stories over the arched entrance. The building housed the high service pump and huge boilers that filtered water flowed to the city water mains. The structure was 120 feet by 160 feet, and entirely illuminated by electric lights.
The building was demolished in the 1960s. Today, the site continues to filter water for the city, and is the site of the Water Treatment Plant Museum.
- Jeffrey S. Spencer [researcher and writer], Kristine Gerber [project director] (2003). Building for the ages : Omaha's architectural landmarks (1st ed.). Omaha, Neb.: Omaha Books. p. 19. ISBN 0-9745410-1-X.
- Federal Writer's Project. (1939) Omaha: A Guide to the City and Environs. Omaha: Omaha Public Library. p. 244.
- Historic photo
- "Minne-Lusa Station, Omaha Water-Work System, Omaha, Neb." (Old postcard from 1901–07). Nebraska Library Commission – Nebraska Memories. Retrieved 2012-10-14.
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