The Great Columbus Experiment of 1908

The Great Columbus Experiment of 1908
Waterworks That Changed the World
by Conrade C. Hinds

Columbus’ water tragedy became the world’s water solution.

After Senator Marcus Hannah – a presidential hopeful at the the turn of the twentieth century – contracted typhoid from Columbus tap water and died soon after, the embarrassed city rushed into action. The Columbus Experiment was born. Scientists and a collection of nationally renowned men who were taught the science of sanitary engineering at MIT by a forgotten and uncredited female chemist devised a plan and mobilized an army of workers into action in spite of the ceaseless internal strife of city politicians. The result was a water treatment system that all but eliminated the scourge of typhoid, cholera and many other waterborne diseases from the civilized world, saving perhaps millions of lives.

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