Colon Water Tower

Southeast of intersection of M-86 and Elm Street

Riveted steel water tower with built-up support beams.


Tower and mill.

Photo taken by Nathan Holth



Street View 


This is a riveted steel water tower that is located in a small and very old mill complex and can be seen from public roads. The tower is traditionally composed with built-up support beams (which include attractive v-lacing) and pin-connected support bracing connections. The tower may have been 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, particularly in the 1920s and 1930s. The tower appears abandoned and rusted and aside from graffiti on the tank, faded old writing on the tank is visible.

Update Log 

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


Colon Water Tower
Posted February 14, 2013, by Tim (oneillt2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This is in St. Joseph County not in Branch County.