Plainwell Paper Tall Water Tower

147-199 W Allegan Street, Plainwell, Michigan

Riveted steel water tower with built-up support beams.



Photo taken by Nathan Holth



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This is an excellent example of a riveted steel water tower. 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.

There are two water towers on the Plainwell Paper Mill property, one is much taller than the other. This is the tall one, and is the easier of the two to see and photograph.

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  • July 2, 2010: Added by Nathan Holth


Plainwell Paper Tall Water Tower
Posted March 2, 2014, by Bonnie Cook (bonniehugsandkissescook [at] yahoo [dot] com)

My son is 5 and loves water towers. We live in Plainwell and we were very sad to see that the smaller water tower had been taken down. My son has picture scrap books of all water towers he has seen and we would really like to know when the small water tower was taken down and why. I have searched the internet and can not find anything about it. Would you happen to know anything about it? Much appreciated if you do :)