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Fresno in Fresno County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Fresno Water Tower

An American Water Landmark

 
 
The Fresno Water Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 19, 2011
1. The Fresno Water Tower Marker
Inscription.
Designed by architect George S. Mayer of Chicago, Illinois. It was completed in November 1894, replacing two wooden tanks erected on this site in 1887. The Tower stands 100 feet high with a tank capacity of 250,000 gallons. This facility, modeled after the Chicago Water Tower of 1867, was designed to house the Fresno City Library on the 2nd and 3rd levels. The brick walls are of double construction, from one to two feet thick, with a space of three feet between them.

An American Water Landmark
Fresno Water Tower
Landmark No. 17
1972
Significant in the history
of public water supply

 
Erected 1966 by City of Fresno and American Water Works Association.
 
Location. 36° 44.355′ N, 119° 47.237′ W. Marker is in Fresno, California, in Fresno County. Marker is on Fresno Street near O Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2444 Fresno Street, Fresno CA 93721, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Church-Sperry Mill and Mill Ditch (here, next to this marker); George M. Bowman (here, next to this marker); Fresno Corridor of Flags Veterans Memorial
An American Water Landmark image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, August 30, 2010
2. An American Water Landmark
(within shouting distance of this marker); Fresno Memorial Auditorium (within shouting distance of this marker); Viva Liberation (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fresno (approx. 0.2 miles away); David of Sassoon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lao Hmong American War Memorial (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Fresno.
 
Also see . . .  Old Fresno Water Tower. (Submitted on March 23, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkMan-Made Features
 
The Fresno Water Tower AWWA Marker Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 19, 2011
3. The Fresno Water Tower AWWA Marker Detail
The Fresno Water Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 19, 2011
4. The Fresno Water Tower Marker
Right side of entry
The Old Fresno Water Tower image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 19, 2011
5. The Old Fresno Water Tower
Over 100 year old Wooden Ladder inside The Fresno Water Tower image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, February 4, 2009
6. Over 100 year old Wooden Ladder inside The Fresno Water Tower
This ladder leads to the bottom of the water tank inside the Water Tower building. The lower part of the building was used for other purposes, the water was stored in the tank above.
The Fresno Water Tower with the Church-Sperry Mill in Background image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa 1906
7. The Fresno Water Tower with the Church-Sperry Mill in Background
This photo hangs inside the Water Tower visitor center. It is dated 1906 and shows the Water Tower and the Mill that sat next door. The Eaton Plaza amphitheater now sits on the site of the old mill.
Inside the Wall of The Fresno Water Tower image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, May 19, 2013
8. Inside the Wall of The Fresno Water Tower
The main wall is 8 bricks thick as is the supporting wall along the base. There is an airspace about 4 feet wide between the inner wall and outer wall. The second supporting wall was needed because of the immense weight of the water in the tower above.
A Wave from Inside the Wall of The Fresno Water Tower image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, May 9, 2013
9. A Wave from Inside the Wall of The Fresno Water Tower
A member of a local historical society waves from the porthole window in the wall of the water tower.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,023 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   2. submitted on , by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California.   3, 4, 5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   6, 7. submitted on , by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California.   8, 9. submitted on , by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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