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Palo Alto in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

History of Tower Well

 
 
History of Tower Well Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 20, 2015
1. History of Tower Well Marker
Inscription. This tower well symbolizes what is best about a forward thinking, progressive city government that chose local ownership of essential utility services. Due to the foresight of town leaders such as Stanford Engineering professors Charles "Daddy" Marx and Charles Benjamin Wing, Palo Alto began municipal operation of its water utility in 1896. In 1910, this well was built to assure citizens in North Palo Alto of a safe and reliable source of water. Equally important, it provided valuable fire protection for the many wooden structures downtown.
 
Location. 37° 26.76′ N, 122° 10.048′ W. Marker is in Palo Alto, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is at the intersection of Hawthorne Avenue and Alma Street, on the right when traveling north on Hawthorne Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Palo Alto CA 94301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. San Francisquito Creek Watershed (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named San Francisquito Creek Watershed (approx. 0.2 miles away); El Palo Alto (approx. 0.2 miles away); Portola Journey's End (approx. mile away); The Hostess House War and Veterans Memorial
History of Tower Well Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 20, 2015
2. History of Tower Well Marker - Wide View
The base of the tower is visible in the background.
(approx. mile away); Hostess House (approx. mile away); Electronics Research Laboratory (approx. 0.6 miles away); Birthplace of “Silicon Valley” (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Palo Alto.
 
Categories. Man-Made Features
 
Tower Well - Closeup of Inset Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
circa 1920
3. Tower Well - Closeup of Inset Photo on Marker
The Tower Well image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 20, 2015
4. The Tower Well
Note that the marker visible in this picture is not the historical marker for this page, but rather a dedication panel.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 150 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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