|The village of Kingdom City, MO|
|New Florence, MO|
|High Hill, MO|
There are three historic water towers in St. Louis. The Compton Water Tower is in a beautiful park. It was designed in 1897 and was a highlight for visitors to the St. Louis 1904 World's Fair. It was taken out of use as a standpipe in 1929 but was used as a support for the Water Division's dispatch antennae until 1984. It was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 and a large restoration project was completed on it in 1999. It is open for tours on Saturdays during the summer but we missed out. Next time!
|Compton Water Tower in St. Louis with Mom and Owen|
|Compton water tower in St. Louis|
The other two towers (aka standpipes) are called the Grand Avenue (white) water tower and the Bissell Street (red) water tower. They are very close to each other in small roundabouts. I was actually able to get a picture with them both in it but it wasn't my best so I left it out. The white tower is the oldest of the 3. It was built in 1871 and is a Corinthian column. The red tower was built in 1885 and is in the Hyde Park City Historic District.
I am writing this post more than 3 years after this trip but if you'll remember in August of 2014 there were riots in Ferguson, MO that began after a fatal shooting of African American Michael Brown by a white police officer. Ferguson isn't far from these watertowers and I remember seeing a sign propped up against the fence of the white watertower that said, "We must stop killing each other". It was a somber moment and it saddens me that so many years later I am still concerned, overwhelmed and unsure of how to fix this country's violence and lack of civility.