Old North Point Water Tower Historical Marker
N 43° 03.590 W 087° 52.802
16T E 428339 N 4767834
Quick Description: Old North Point Water Tower Historical Marker in round-about on east North Ave between Lake and Terrace in Milwaukee, WI
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Date Posted: 8/20/2007 1:34:25 PM
Waymark Code: WM21KG
"The 1871 Wisconsin legislature authorized the City of Milwaukee to finance and build a public water system. By 1873 the Borad of Water Commissioners had constructed the old North Point Pumping Station below the bluff with intake from Lake Michigan, this tower, a reservoir a mile west, and 55 miles of water mains delivering cheap, plentiful, pure water to Milwaukee's people and industry.
This 175 foot Victorian Gothic tower, designed by Charles A. Gombert and made of cut Niagra limestone from Wauwatosa, houses a circular wrought iron standpipe 120 feet high and four feet in diameter. Until construction of a new pumping station in 1963 the standpipe water absorbed pulsations of reciprocating steam-driven engines, and the tower prevented ice forming in the standpipe during cold weather.
Milwaukee Water Works
Milwaukee County Historical Society
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