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Compton Hill Tower

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I took the opportunity to go up the Compton Water Tower last full moon, and it was well worth the climb.  It had been years since the last time, and I wanted to see it at night.

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The limestone glows in the illumination lights from below, and this view of the corner turret takes on a new look at night.

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The interior of the turret is likewise cast in a different, fluorescent light at night.

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Here is the top of the standpipe; to review, the three water towers in St. Louis were not created to store water, but rather to even out bursts in pressure from the old steam engined-powered water pumps.

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The standpipe is still there, despite going out of service a century ago.

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This horizontal pipe below was used to relieve water overflow if needed.

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By the time I got back to the bottom, it was completely dark out, and I caught these views of the tower.

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One Comment

  1. Just – WOW !
    While all of the photos are impressive, the first and in particular the last are definitely, to quote Elaine, “Spongeworthy!).
    The second photo – is that green roof in the background the top of Firmin Desloge?
    Did you get a new camera?

    When I was a 9-year old in 1949, my grandfather was in the old Missouri Pacific Hospital across the street. Mom let me and my sister (aged 7) stay for hours in Reservoir Park and explore it – and glance at the (blush) “Naked Truth.” “Mom – why isn’t that lady wearing a shirt?”

    Boy, how times have changed in so many ways.

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