Thursday, August 18, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: August 18

August 18, 1980 - The Ogilvie Water Tower, thought to be the only concrete standpipe still in use in the state of Minn., was placed on the National Register of Historical Places on this date.

The Ogilvie Water Tower

Constructed entirely of reinforced poured-in-place concrete in 1918 by the Circular Concrete Company of Minneapolis. It is one of the first reinforced concrete water tower erected in Minnesota. The tower’s construction accompanied installation of an improved village water system which provided the impetus for organization of the Ogilvie Volunteer Fire Department.

Extensive restoration and painting of the tower was completed in 1977.

The tower’s 24’2” high 50,000 gallon concrete tank is mounted on an 80’ cylindrical stand. Both the tank and its supporting column measure 21’6” in diameter, with nine inch thick walls. Seven 32 light windows – three on the ground level and four at the level of the interior wooden platform – pierce the bottom portion of the tower.

The Ogilvie Water Tower was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 18, 1980.

Photos taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Aug. 18, 2016,
as long as acknowledgement included.

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