Thursday, August 22, 2013

Mississippi River



This is a very convenient setup . . . these three outhouses dump right into the Mississippi River. No clean up or clean out of the outhouse is required . . . it all becomes someone elses problem.

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  1. I have been told that "the solution to polution is dilution". Not sure I agree, but there you have it!

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  2. Interesting photo. Unfortunately back in earlier times the rivers were often a dumping ground to conveniently carry away waste. It still goes on today to a degree although with much stricter controls on effluent concentrations.
    -Anne K.

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  3. I have been told by travelers that the Ganges in India is so polluted at the time of the Hajj with sewerage, you could practically walk across it.
    No thank you.

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  4. In Finland Savonlinna town, Olavinlinna castle, there is also water closet outhouse

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    1. Hello Kariav, I checked out that water closet in Olavinlinna Castle. It hangs right off one of the towers. Look out below !!

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  5. I guess that is why you never see people swimming in the rivers and creeks. The Patomac River in Virginia near Washington, DC became terribly polluted in the 60s due to this kind of pollution, but a concerted effort was made by Maryland, Virginia and DC to stop the dumping all along its reach. The last time I was there the river was very clear and thre was no smell. Probably cost millions, but I'd say it was worth it.

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    1. I'll bet it was more like billions not millions. Boston Harbor was polluted big time starting in the late 1700's and in the mid 1980's they deceided to start cleaning it up. Actually they were forced to clean it up. 4.5 Billon dollars later it's one of the cleanest harbors in the country. It's tough to shake off the "dirty water" stigma though. Just ask the fine people of Cleveland in regards to the Cuyahoga River. It's tough to shake off that scene of the river catching on fire over and over again. I read where they used to say the river doesn't flow, it oozes and you don't drown in the river, you decay. Now I hear the Cuyahoga is pretty clean.

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  6. Reminds me of the garderobes in old castles. They emptied right into the moats.

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    1. The "chamber of easement" in Henry VIII's time seated 24 and hung right out over the Thames.

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  7. I would like to send you a couple of photos of outhouses we saw on a day trip here in Kansas.

    My email is mlnutts@gmail.com.
    If you would like to see them, send me an email to that address and I'll forward them to you.
    marlu

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  8. my G. Grandfather Wilson, about 1900, was considered progressive and 'modern'. His outhouses were situated so that the farm hogs could be let in to clean out the pits of the outhouses. Those hogs, of course, were later butchered and fed the family. G. Granddad and Grandmother lived into their 90s, here in Iowa.

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