Old Kouts Water Tower

220-230 Maple Street, Kouts, Indiana

Riveted steel water tower with built-up support beams.



Photo taken by Nathan Holth in August 2006



Street View 


This is a good example of a riveted steel water tower. The tower is traditionally composed with built-up support beams and pin-connected support bracing connections. V-lacing is present on built-up beams including corrugated v-lacing on some bracing beams. Plaques which were originally located at the base of the supports for the towers have been stolen. However it is likely that the tower was built by the Chicago Bridge and Iron Works (Also Called Chicago Bridge and Iron Company), which appears to have patented designs on water towers and built a majority of such water towers in the Midwest. The tower appears to retain good historic integrity with no major alterations aside from a possible replacement of the pipe.

Update Log 

  • July 2, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • July 1, 2010: Added by Nathan Holth