This small building still stands at an intersection high above the Mohawk River and Canal in Little Falls, east of Utica. It embodies public works pride.
The engineer in me, inherited from my father and his father, causes me to pause at old water works buildings and projects.
My grandfather worked out the water system for Oneida and Sherrill, the building of a reservoir, the bringing of pipe across 30 miles from the Tug Hill at Annsville, guaranteeing our town's pure water for generations.
I am proud of him. I enjoy thinking about the scale of the project, huge at the time, and his forethought and persistence. The enormity of public works projects today overwhelm my sense of scale.