Carter Hydraulic Rams

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Carter Hydraulic Rams were installed circa 1924 by industrialist George L. Carter to supply water for his summer residence and other buildings in Hillsville, the Carroll County seat of government. The system consisted of four concrete ram housings located on a spring branch below the town of Hillsville. The rams used a pair of valves to feed water into the bottom of a compression chamber, and the valves used the power available from the flowing stream to propel water uphill to storage tanks. The Carter Hydraulic Rams were replaced by electric-powered pumps in the 1950s.

Last Updated: November 20, 2023

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