Elsie Water Tower

South of Main Street, West of Ovid Street

Riveted steel water tower with built-up support beams.



Photo taken by Nathan Holth



Street View 


This is a riveted steel water tower located in a small town. 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 once had a plaque but it has been stolen. Also, the eyes of the bracing rods are welded and may not be original. Otherwise, the tower retains excellent historic integrity and has been well-maintained, retains its original water pipe, and has been painted an attractive silver color.

Update Log 

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