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TANKS FOR THE MEMORIES:
Water Towers in Texas & Beyond

We look up to them - They look down on us.

About Water Towers

Glossary
  • An Illustrated Water Tank Glossary by Edward Aquifer
    A Salute to Standpipes, "Tin Men", Waterspheres, Torosphericals, Spheroids and Hydro-pillars.
  • Forty Years in the Water Tower Business
    or Does the Ladder of Success Have to be this High?
    Clyde Burns of Huntsville, Texas

    by Edward Aquifer
    Including sixteen water tower photos courtesy of Clyde Burns
  • The Art of Water Tower Maintenance by Johnny Stucco
  • Texas Water Towers

  • Abbott
  • Adrian
  • Agua Dulce
  • Alamo Heights
  • Alba
  • Alice
  • Amherst
  • Anahuac
  • Angleton
  • Anna
  • Anton
  • Aransas Pas
  • Archer City
  • Asherton
  • Avery
  • Avinger 9-15-16
  • Bailey
  • Balmorhea
  • Bandera
  • Barstow
  • Bartlett
  • Bayside
  • Beasley
  • Beaumont
  • Bellevue
  • Bells
  • Bellville
  • Benjamin
  • Bertram
  • Big Wells
  • Blossom
  • Blue Ridge
  • Bogata 10-2-16
  • Boling
  • Bonham
  • Booker
  • Bremond
  • Brenham
  • Bridgeport
  • Bronte
  • Brownfield
  • Bruceville-Eddy
  • Buda
  • Buffalo
  • Burton
  • Byers
  • Caddo Mills
  • Camp Hearne
  • Canton
  • Canyon
  • Catarina
  • Celeste
  • Celina
  • Centerville
  • Chappell Hill
  • Charlotte
  • Chico
  • Chillicothe
  • China
  • Clarksville
  • Claude
  • Cleveland
  • Collinsville
  • Colorado City
  • Columbus
  • Comal
  • Combes
  • Comstock
  • Concepcion
  • Coolidge
  • Corrigan
  • Cotulla
  • Crane
  • Crawford
  • Crowell
  • Cushing
  • Daisetta
  • Darrouzett
  • De Leon
  • Decatur
  • Denison
  • Deport
  • Detroit
  • Devine
  • D'Hanis
  • Dilley
  • Dime Box
  • Domino
  • Dougherty
  • Dryden
  • Dublin
  • Dumas
  • Earth
  • Ector
  • Edgewood
  • Edroy - A wooden water tower
  • Eldorado
  • Emory
  • Encino 10-6-17
  • Fairview
  • Farwell 10-30-17
  • Fayetteville
  • Ferris
  • Follett
  • Fort Hancock water tank
  • Frankston
  • Freeport
  • Friona
  • Frisco
  • Frognot Standpipe
  • Garfield
  • Garwood
  • Gatesville
  • Glen Rose
  • Goldsmith
  • Gorman
  • Granbury
  • Grand Prairie
  • Gregory
  • Groom
  • Gruene
  • Gun Barrel City
  • Gunter
  • Hale Center
  • Hamilton
  • Hamlin
  • Happy
  • Harrold
  • Hawley
  • Hearne
  • Hedley
  • Hempstead
  • Henderson
  • Hermleigh 12-9-16
  • Higgins
  • Honey Grove
  • Hubbard
  • Hull
  • Humble
  • Idalou
  • Imperial
  • Ingleside
  • Italy
  • Jayton
  • Josephine
  • Karnes City
  • Keene
  • Kenedy
  • Kermit
  • Kosse
  • Kress
  • Krum
  • Kyle
  • La Coste
  • Ladonia
  • Laguna Vista
  • Lake Jackson
  • Lamesa
  • Lawn
  • Ledbetter Standpipe
  • Leon Valley
  • Levelland
  • Levita standpipe
  • Liberty
  • Linden
  • Little Elm
  • Little River Academy
  • Littlefield
  • Live Oak
  • Lolita
  • Lone Oak
  • Loraine
  • Lorenzo
  • Louise
  • Lovelady
  • Lucas
  • Luling
  • Lyons
  • Mabank
  • McLean
  • Manor
  • Marathon
  • Marfa
  • Marquez
  • Matador
  • Mathis
  • Maypearl
  • McAllen
  • McCamey
  • McDade
  • McKinney
  • Menard
  • Mercedes
  • Midland
  • Miles
  • Moran
  • Morgan's Point
  • Mount Vernon
  • Munday
  • Naples
  • Needville
  • New Summerfield
  • Nixon
  • Nome
  • Nordheim
  • Oklaunion
  • Oakwood
  • Olney
  • Omaha
  • Orange - Brick-based
  • Ore City
  • Overton
  • Oyster Creek
  • Paducah
  • Palmer
  • Panhandle
  • Paris
  • Pecos
  • Perryton
  • Petrolia
  • Pflugerville
  • Pila Blanca
  • Plains
  • Plainview Movie Artifact
  • Portland
  • Poteet
  • Potosi 8-2-17
  • Pottsboro
  • POW Camp near Hereford
  • Power Point
  • Premont
  • Princeton
  • Progreso
  • Prosper
  • Putnam
  • Queen City
  • Ralls
  • Rancho Viejo
  • Raywood 12-4-17
  • Rhome
  • Richardson
  • Richland Springs
  • Richmond
  • Rio Hondo
  • Robstown
  • Rochester
  • Rock Island
  • Rockwall
  • Rotan
  • Roma
  • Rowena
  • Rule
  • Sabinal
  • Sachse
  • Saint Jo
  • San Benito
  • San Diego
  • Santa Maria
  • Santa Rosa
  • Sarita
  • Savoy
  • Seminole 1-17-17
  • Seymour
  • Shamrock
  • Smiley
  • Somerset
  • Southmayd
  • Southside Place
  • Spearman
  • St. Paul
  • Stanton
  • Sterling City
  • Stinnett
  • Stockdale
  • Stratford
  • Sudan
  • Sulphur Springs
  • Sweetwater
  • Talco 5-2-17
  • Tascosa / Boys Ranch 12-3-16
  • Teague
  • Thalia
  • Thornton
  • Tioga
  • Tivoli
  • Tolar
  • Toyah
  • Trent
  • Trenton
  • Tulia
  • Turkey
  • Valley View
  • Vega
  • Venus
  • Walnut Grove
  • Weimar
  • Weinert
  • Welch
  • Wellborn
  • Wellington
  • West Columbia
  • Wheeler
  • Whiteface
  • Whitney
  • Willis
  • Wills Point
  • Wilmer
  • Windom
  • Wolfforth
  • Woodsboro
  • Woodson
    More to come

    Water Works
  • Barnhart, Irion County

  • A Victorian Gothic Standpipe
    Milwaukee's Old North Point Water Tower

    Photos by Ken Rudine

  • Poems by David Knape

  • Death Of A Water Tower 2-14-17
  • Water Tower

  • Texas Forum - Water Towers

  • Frost has 1 of the tallest tower in texas. It's not listed. - Reader, January 14, 2005

  • Someone recently sent me an article written by Gwen Cook and published in the Houston Chronicle October 18, 1997. Gwen, a former Megargelite, wrote a wonderful article about the old Megargel watertower. Like Gwen, I wish I could have been there to see it on that last day when it was finally brought down. I only lived in Megargel during my high school years, but that watertower with MEGARGEL written in black, block letters across its silver colored tank is a lasting memory of mine.

    The relatively flat topography of the area enabled one to see the watertower from miles away and from just about any direction. I particularly remember being able to see it while riding the schoolbus. We could see and “home in” on the watertower for almost the entire four mile bus ride. No question about it, the watertower was Megargel’s most prominent landmark (the highest, certainly) and one I assumed would always be there. Now, some 45 years later, I marvel that it remained a faithful beacon as long as it did. - Jamo C. Powell, Sarasota, Florida, June 24, 2002

  • What a surprise to see downtown Crane on the Internet! Also, to see the Crane water tower that I used to try to climb as a girl! My grandfather was JK Price longtime city manager of Crane in the 50s and 60s. Thanks for the memory Ms Beauchamp! - Jonette, Flower Mound, 22/Jun/2002

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