Halsey Taylor Invented Public Drinking Fountain

on December 4, 2005

In 1912, Halsey Taylor of Warren (pop. 46,832) invented the public drinking fountain, Puritan Sanitary Fountain, and the still popular Double Bubbler, which shoots two streams of water that converge for a satisfying sip. In 1896, after his father died from typhoid fever caused by contaminated drinking water, Taylor dedicated himself to inventing a sanitary dispenser for water.

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