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Shamrock in Wheeler County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Shamrock Water Tower

 
 
Shamrock Water Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen Lowrey, July 12, 2020
1. Shamrock Water Tower Marker
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Soon after residents voted to incorporate in March 1911, Shamrock officials identified the need for a reliable waterworks for the city. Prior to that time, citizens got their water from one of two town wells or hauled it to town in barrels on wagons. A November 1912 election authorized the sale of bonds in the amount of $15,000 for a drinking water system that included a tower and reservoir on Railroad Avenue. In September 1915, city leaders accepted the bid of the Chicago Bridge and Iron Company of Chicago, Illinois to build the water tower.

The all-steel structure was designed with a cylindrical tank with a hemispherical bottom, supported by four latticed channel columns held together with metal tie rods. The large tank has a capacity of 75,000 gallons, rising 176 feet above ground level. Workers utilized a steam threshing machine to raise the tower's standpipe. The tower was constructed of railway bridge grade steel riveted together using rivet grade steel. Engineers also had to account for the maximum pressure of Panhandle winds upon the load of the structure plus the weight of the water. According to records of the CB&I Co.,
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By Bill Kirchner, November 15, 2016
2. Shamrock Water Tower Marker
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in business since 1889, this substantial tower is the tallest tank of its class ever built by the company, and it remains one of the tallest water tanks in Texas. Built to provide water to a growing community, the Shamrock water tower is also visible for about ten miles in any direction. Early 20th century travelers stopped here to water their horses or wagon teams in the concrete troughs under the tower, and travelers continue to mark their progress by the tower, an engineering and tourism icon.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark

 
Erected 2008 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15350.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1911.
 
Location. 35° 12.863′ N, 100° 14.962′ W. Marker is in Shamrock, Texas, in Wheeler County. Marker is at the intersection of North Main Street and Railroad Avenue, on the right when traveling south on North Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shamrock TX 79079, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shamrock’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to Blarney Stone Plaza (about 500 feet away); The Legend of St. Patrick and the Shamrock (about 500 feet away); First Baptist Church of Shamrock
Shamrock Water Tower image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 15, 2016
3. Shamrock Water Tower
(approx. ¼ mile away); Shamrock Methodist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bowers Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Tower Building (approx. 0.8 miles away); "Bill Mack's influence on country music is legendary" (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shamrock.
 
Shamrock Water Tower builder's information image. Click for full size.
By Allen Lowrey, July 12, 2020
4. Shamrock Water Tower builder's information
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 8, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 283 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 14, 2020, by Allen Lowrey of Amarillo, Texas.   2, 3. submitted on December 8, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   4. submitted on July 14, 2020, by Allen Lowrey of Amarillo, Texas.

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