Out at the boundary between town and dune, a pumping station was constructed in the late 19th or early 20th century. The stack was a landmark in its own right.
In his capacity as post-card publisher, Angus McKay created a combination view in about 1905 with the pumping station on the left (as shown below) and, on the right, the Mayflower Compact plaque that then stood in front of Town Hall. Althea Boxell, not an ordinarily sardonic commentator, said of this card in Book 4 of the Scrapbooks of Althea Boxell: “A really lovely view of Provincetown for the Tourists!”
The structure was converted in ±1929 to an electrical generating station by the Provincetown Light and Power Company, and was run by its successor, the Cape and Vineyard Electric Comany, at least into the 1960s. • Map ¶ Posted 2013-08-12