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Kansas Historical Society surveying water towers

January 18, 2012


— The Kansas Historical Society is looking for unusual water towers that might be considered important to history.

Amanda Loughlin, survey coordinator, says the society is taking an informal survey to raise public awareness of unusual water towers. She says the survey could be the first step to listing the towers on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Dodge City Daily Globe reports four water towers in the state have been listed on the register. They are the 1927 Hillsboro water tower, the Florence water tower built in the mid-1880s, the 1913 Highland water tower, and the 1938 WPA water tower in Paradise.

The society hopes to photograph the structures and find basic histories of each one.


formerfarmer 6 years ago

The four water towers located at the old Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant should at least be looked at by the society. They aren't unique in structure but have always been a landmark near DeSoto.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years ago

What a coincidence! The Highland water tower was built in 1913, and that is the same year that the water tower in St. Francis, Kansas was built.

And both of those towns are on Highway 36, but on opposite ends of the state!

(And for that matter, the water towers are both north of Highway 36.)

But I believe there is one big difference between the two: Although it is still standing, the one in Highland has been replaced and is no longer in use, but the one in St. Francis is still being used.

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