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Old North Point Water Tower

 
 
Old North Point Water Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, October 13, 2009
1. Old North Point Water Tower Marker
Inscription. The 1871 Wisconsin legislature authorized the City of Milwaukee to finance and build a public water system. By 1873 the Board 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 Niagara 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.
 
Erected 1973 by Milwaukee Water Works and Milwaukee County Historical Society. (Marker Number 201.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 3.586′ N, 87° 52.793′ W. Marker is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County. Marker is at the intersection of East North Avenue and North Lake Drive and North Terrace Avenue, in the median
Old North Point Water Tower image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, October 13, 2009
2. Old North Point Water Tower
Marker is nestled in shrubs in front of tower.
on East North Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2311 East North Avenue, Milwaukee WI 53202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Saint John's Infirmary (within shouting distance of this marker); Saint Mary's School of Nursing (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Villa Terrace (approx. 0.2 miles away); Milwaukee River Flushing Pump (approx. 0.6 miles away); North Point Light Station (approx. 0.6 miles away); Charles Allis House (approx. 0.7 miles away); Civil War Camp (approx. 0.7 miles away); Prehistoric Burial Mound (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Milwaukee.
 
Categories. Man-Made Features
 
North Point Water Tower image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, June 30, 2011
3. North Point Water Tower
Located on the rear of the tower.

North Point Water Tower
Erected in 1873 and designated in 1968
as a Landmark of the City of Milwaukee
by the Milwaukee Landmarks Commission
in recognition of its architectural and
historical significance to the community
An American Water Landmark image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, June 30, 2011
4. An American Water Landmark
North Point Water Tower May 19, 1969 Significant in the history of public water supply Designated by American Water Works Association
 
 
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