"We are all of us living in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." ~Oscar Wilde
"Adventure is worthwhile in itself." ~Amelia Earhart

April 20, 2008

Washburn Water Tower

A few years ago I tried geocaching. Most people have probably heard of it. But, for those who haven't, it's a hobby where one person hides a 'cache' somewhere outdoors and uploads the GPS coordinates to a website. Others then download the GPS coordinates and try to find it. When they do, they might sign their name to a notebook enclosed inside the box or trade the trinkets that are sometimes inside with a trinket of their own. Basically, it's modern day treasure hunting with no treasure. After finding a few, it got tedious to look for the boxes so I quit. But, it did lead me to a few interesting places around the city that I never would have found otherwise. One of those was the Washburn Water Tower.

Meh picture of it. I cropped out the left edge of the tower by accident.
Oh well.

Closer to one of the guards

Unless I somehow attain the power of flight,
this is the closest I'm getting to the eagles.

Another plaque

"The history of this water tower, and of an earlier tower on this site, is closely linked to the Washburn brothers, Cadwallader and William, who intitiated the development of Washburn Park (known also as Tangletown).

The original tower was built in 1893 to supply water for the Washburn Memorial Orphan Asylum. Water was pumped from Minnehaha Creek to the tower and then piped to the orphanage at the site where Ramsey School stands today at 50th Street and Nicollet Avenue. That tower was purchased by Minneapolis and connected to the city water supply in 1915.

The tower you see, built in 1932 by the City of Minneapolis, was designed by these professionals, who lived in the neighborhood:

Architect: Harry Wild Jones - 1 E. Elmwood Place
Sculptor: John K. Daniels - 322 Busch Terrace
Construction Engineer: William S. Hewett - 4600 Dupont Avenue

The 110-foot-high tower can hold 1,350,000 gallons - nearly eight times the capacity of the old tower. It is drained in the fall and filled in the spring to provide a local head for water pressure throughout South Minneapolis during the summer.

Since 1983, the Washburn Water Tower has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, in recognition of its unique design and monumental sculptures of eagles and of the guardians of health.

Erected in 2000
Tangletown Neighborhood Association"


franscud said...

Wow, that's a pretty cool water tower. And I've never encountered the first name Cadwallader before. I'll to keep it in mind for a future pet.

Berryvox said...

Cadwallader IS an awesome name.