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Water tower construction, 1897

Water tower construction, 1897

Title

Water tower construction, 1897

Description

The Water Tower construction site, March 22, 1897, about 4:30 PM. Old Main and the Chemical and Physical Laboratory can be seen in the background.
Erected in 1897, the Water Tower was built to alleviate the water shortage on the Iowa State campus, which in 1895 had forced the cancellation of classes for two weeks. Designed by Anson Marston (Dean of Engineering, 1914-1932), the Water Tower was the first elevated steel water tower west of the Mississippi. Standing 168 feet above campus, the tank itself was 40 feet tall and 24 feet in diameter and held 162,000 gallons. The use of the Water Tower was discontinued in 1978 when the university switched to a city water system. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981, and in 1997, it was restored.

Creator

Iowa State University

Source

4-8-I.WaterTower.288-3-3

Publisher

Iowa State University Library Special Collections; http://www.add.lib.iastate.edu/spcl/index.html

Date

1897
2006-02-03

Rights

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Relation

University Photographs; http://www.add.lib.iastate.edu/spcl/collections/images.html

Format

Photograph
16.5 x 10.8 cm

Type

Still Image (color)
Image

Identifier

4-8-I.WaterTower.288-3-3
http://cdm16001.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15031coll15/id/59