Out at the boundary between town and dune, a pumping station was constructed around the turn of the 20th century. The stack was a landmark in its own way. The archivist Althea Boxell, not ordinarily sarcastic in the comments she wrote in her scrapbooks, said about this postcard: “A really lovely view of Provincetown for the Tourists!” The structure was converted in the 1920s to an electrical generating station by the Provincetown Light and Power Company, and was run by its successor, the Cape and Vineyard Electric Company. The ground-floor perimeter walls were retained and incorporated into a two-story condo, said Ben Kettlewell, who told me he was the first to purchase a unit in 1990.
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