387 4th St, Tracy, MN, 56175 $89,500
The rock porch wall is unusual, but it is the interior woodwork that is the show stopper! Cast iron radiators and clawfoot tub are original. You may be wondering why a random toilet is open to all in the basement. I recently read that these toilets were sometimes called the “Pittsburg potty,” for the abundance of these basement bowls in that city. I also read that these stand alone toilets were not meant to be used, but were installed as a preventative measure.
It seems large cities often built pre-WWII sewer systems with hollowed out tree trunks as sewer pipes. These tree pipes worked well for a while, but with population growth and time, they began to have issues.
So as to prevent sewage backing up into the main floors of the house, toilets were installed in the basement. If sewage backed up, it would then make a mess in the basement and not in the main living area. I guess later, the homeowners in this case added a shower and vanity.