An update on a previous blog about a stone foundation near the construction of the Bill Klingner Trail west of 12th Street, just north of the Illinois Veterans Home:
Raymond "Skip" Vahlkamp worked at the Illinois Veterans Home from 1961 until he retired as the head engineer in the powerhouse in 1997.
Vahlkamp said the building housed Gardner Denver pumps that would pump water to Lake Illinois on the campus, which was the source for water in the event of a fire. Along with the pump house, there was a small dam across Cedar Creek.
When Vahlkamp was moved to the powerhouse in 1963, he would have to go to the pump house and check the pumps to make sure they were in working order in case of a fire.
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