Fresno Water Tower
2444 Fresno Street, Fresno, CA, USA
Fresno Water Tower Reviews
The Best Water Tower in the West!! Jun 22, 2011
Back in 1876 the citizens of Fresno first began to set up a water tower for their needs. By 1888 the city had outgrown the existing set up and they began to work on this, the newest and most attractive water tower in the entire area. It was completed in November 1894, at the corner of Fresno and O streets and cost a whopping $20,000.00. The architect was George Washington Maher, of Chicago and designed it after a centuries old water tower in town of Worms, Germany. It stands 100 feet tall, and the interior wall supports a 250,000 gallon storage tank. The base is of red brick and is covered by plaster. The storage tank was imported from Sweden and is built of riveted steel plates.
By 1963 it had developed enough leakage and was far out of step with more modern water needs, it was finally shut down and drained. In 1971 it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. And finally, in 2001 the main floor was turned into a Visitor’s Center. I have always taken pictures of water towers on my travels and this is by far the nicest one I have ever seen.
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