Louisville Water’s latest ‘Out of the Archives’ display, Camp Zachary Taylor, opened Sun., Nov. 19 at the WaterWorks Museum. The opening coincided with the 100th anniversary year of the United States entering into World War I and the building of Camp Zachary Taylor.
A portion of the sprawling Army training camp once covered the land now occupied by the Louisville Zoo, the Louisville International Airport and, of course, the Camp Taylor neighborhood.
The new ‘Out of the Archives’ display gives an overview of the 1917 camp and Louisville Water’s impact on having it built in Louisville. One of the main reasons the government chose Louisville for the site was our “almost perfect” water. Eight years earlier, in 1909, Louisville Water began filtering the Ohio River, and typhoid deaths dramatically dropped by 60 percent.
Then just three years before the camp was built, Louisville Water began using chlorine to further disinfect the water. The result was another sharp drop in typhoid deaths. Having a safe, clean water supply was important to the government for the health of the soldier
The Camp Zachary Taylor display highlights the role of water at the camp and includes some unique artifacts, such as a 12-inch wooden water main that was used to connect the camp to Louisville Water’s cast-iron distribution system. A section of this century-old pipe is on display at the museum.
WaterWorks Museum is open Wednesday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit WaterWorks Museum.