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Location DB > United States > Missouri > Kansas City > Reservoir -- Northeast Neighborhood
Reservoir -- Northeast Neighborhood
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created by Reverend Hearse on 3/4/2006 8:55 PM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 10/14/2023 9:01 PM
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An abandoned reservoir measuring 590-feet long by roughly 230-feet wide. It had a capacity of 16 million gallons of water.
 Basic Information
Type: Outdoors
Status: Closed
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information

Kansas City, Missouri
United States
Owner: City of Kansas City
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • falling
  •  Interesting Features

     Security Measures
  • fences
  • locked gates
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1920
    Closed: 1931
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • gloves
  •  Recommended Equipment

    Almost immediately after being put into service in 1920, Northeast’s huge basin was beset with problems. Cracks began to develop along the seams of the poured concrete basin under the immense pressure of the collected water.

    Due to a growing population and the need for more modern water delivery techniques, Kansas Citians passed an $11 million bond issue to construct a new water works on the north side of the river, complete with water intakes located on the Missouri River. Prior to the completion of the new facility, the city’s water intake was on the Kansas River, downstream from the stockyards and all the slaughterhouses that dumped their spent fluids and waste into the river.

    In 1928, the new water treatment facility went online. Shortly thereafter in 1931, the newly constructed Northeast Pumping Station on Nicholson Trafficway in the East Bottoms was put into service, thereby rendering the Northeast reservoir obsolete. Its contents were drained and it’s been a forgotten piece of Northeast history for more than 90 years.
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     Future Plans
    Plans have been tossed around, including: Filling it in, an amphitheater, extreme sports center, and a mountain bike course. As of 3/2019 only a list of ideas exist, with no proposal written.

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    trip 1
    Sat, Mar 4th, 2006
    posted by Reverend Hearse
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    peterbillionaire's gallery
    Sun, Oct 29th, 2006
    posted by peterbillionaire
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    chel sea girl's gallery
    Mon, Nov 5th, 2007
    posted by chel sea girl
    8 pictures
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    Tue, May 8th, 2018
    posted by Reverend Hearse
    1 pictures
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    Historical, circa 1920
    Tue, Mar 5th, 2019
    posted by Mr. Bitey
    1 pictures
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    Urbex Punks
    Wed, Jun 14th, 2023
    posted by Aran
    6 pictures

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 10/14/2023 9:01 PM.

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  • on Oct 14 23 at 21:01, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Oct 14 23 at 21:01, Emperor Wang changed the following: History, Description
  • on Oct 14 23 at 20:58, Emperor Wang changed the following: Owner, History, Future Plans
  • on Oct 14 23 at 16:26, Aran updated gallery Urbex Punks
  • on Oct 14 23 at 16:26, Aran updated gallery Urbex Punks
  • on Oct 14 23 at 16:25, Aran added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Oct 14 23 at 16:24, Aran updated gallery Urbex Punks
  • on Oct 14 23 at 16:22, Aran created a new gallery
  • on Mar 6 19 at 18:06, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Mar 5 19 at 20:53, Mr. Bitey added some pictures to a gallery
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