Belton Standpipe

Also known as: Belton Waterworks Tower
McGee St., Belton, South Carolina

Historic water tower in Belton, SC


Belton Standpipe

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The Belton Standpipe is a 155-foot high concrete water tower located one block east of the central business district of Belton. While it is commonly known as the “Belton Standpipe,” the structure is actually a water tower, as a standpipe normally stores water its entire length. The “standpipe,” which was constructed in 1908-09, is still used as a water storage source. The standpipe is significant as one of the state’s earliest extant examples of water storage facilities in concrete construction, which gained popularity in the United States in the early twentieth century. In 1908, Belton voters gave the Belton Town Council approval to issue bonds in the amount of $12,500 to finance a plant for the municipal waterworks systems. It is also significant as a town landmark and as an intact remnant of and symbol of an important period of growth and development in the town’s history. The tower is freestanding and of concrete construction in segmented rings. The rings were created by the pouring of concrete in stages, giving the effect of stone construction. The structure extends thirty feet into the ground, widening out in a funnel shape. The cap is crowned by crenellations. There are no stairs on the interior, as with some other towers of this type. Listed in the National Register November 5, 1987.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 5, 1987
Reference number
Areas of significance
Community Planning and Development; Engineering
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Water works
Current function
Water works
Period of significance
Significant years
1908; 1909

Update Log 

  • August 1, 2017: New photo from Michael Miller
  • October 23, 2013: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Overview"
  • July 1, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth