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Salt Lake City in Salt Lake County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Anderson Tower

 
 
Anderson Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Johnson, October 2, 2018
1. Anderson Tower Marker
Inscription. Anderson Tower was built in 1884 by Robert R. Anderson (1848-1935) a pioneer of 1867, and one of the original settlers on the north bench of Salt Lake City. The tower was patterned after similar towers Mr. Anderson had seen in Scotland as a young boy. They were known as "follies". It was constructed of gray granite from the same quarry used to supply granite for the Salt Lake Temple. The circular three-story structure, located at 303 A Street, was 54 feet high and 25 feet in diameter. Inside the austere tower was a winding stairway that led past numerous windows to the observation deck equipped with a telescope.

People were charged a small fee to climb to the top for the view. The venture was unsuccessful, and Anderson opened the tower free to the public until vandalism forced its closure.

For forty-eight years, Anderson Tower stood as an imposing, picturesque landmark on the Avenues, visible from many parts of Salt Lake Valley. This ended in November of 1932 when the tower was razed and the land leveled.

This monument stands approximately where the tower stood, and the base is built with granite blocks originally used in the tower.
 
Erected 1992 by Salt Lake North Company, Daughters of Utah Pioneers. (Marker Number 463.)
 
Location.
Anderson Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Johnson, October 2, 2018
2. Anderson Tower Marker
40° 46.586′ N, 111° 53.027′ W. Marker is in Salt Lake City, Utah, in Salt Lake County. Marker is on A Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Salt Lake City UT 84103, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ottinger Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); The 18th Ward Chapel (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Mormon Battalion (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old City Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Council Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Daniel Cowan Jackling (approx. mile away); Ensign Peak (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Constitution Revered (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salt Lake City.
 
Also see . . .  Atlas Obscura. Link tells the story of the tower and has a photograph of the standing tower. (Submitted on October 3, 2018, by Andrew Johnson of Salt Lake City, Utah.) 
 
Categories. ArchitectureMan-Made FeaturesSettlements & Settlers
 
Anderson Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Johnson, October 2, 2018
3. Anderson Tower Marker
The marker overlooks the Utah State Capitol building.
<i>Salt Lake City - from Anderson's Tower</i> image. Click for full size.
Published by T.W. Ingersoll, St. Paul, Minn. (image courtesy of the Library of Congress), 1897
4. Salt Lake City - from Anderson's Tower
This is the right half of a stereoscopic view of Salt Lake City from the tower.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 3, 2018, by Andrew Johnson of Salt Lake City, Utah. This page has been viewed 24 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 3, 2018, by Andrew Johnson of Salt Lake City, Utah.   4. submitted on October 3, 2018. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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