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Well runs wet

The ground beneath Elysian Heights is laced with faults and underground springs that residents once tapped individually. Elysian Heights Elementary School, a lovely, old campus that looks like itís been there forever, used to be the site of a water bottling plant, for example. My neighbor Joe DíAugustine told me this weekend that a different neighbor had shared the history of her house on Baxter Street. It is one of a row of tidy, well-kept Spanish-ish style homes where Baxter sweeps upward toward the famous Baxter Stairs after dipping then flattening out where the school stands. The elderly woman who lives there showed Joe a capped well in her garage. She also said that during prohibition a fourplex of garages behind her house had been built in such a way as to conceal a bar, where regular patrons included local police officers.


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