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Remington Water Tower

Location: 3 East Michigan St., Remington. (Jasper County, Indiana)

Installed: 2005 Indiana Historical Bureau, Town of Remington, and Remington Historical Society

ID# : 37.2006.1

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Side one:

Built 1897 by Challenge Wind and Feed Mill Company of Batavia, Illinois. Rare tower and wood tank structure is an original example of nineteenth century public water utility facility, construction methods, and technology. Tower has limestone foundation, is 104 feet tall and approximately 20 feet in diameter, with two-foot thick brick walls.

Side two:

Original 1897 tank replaced 1924 by Challenge; 66, 000 gallon tank is made of horizontally curved cypress battens held in place by metal binder rings. Additions made to structure, which has housed various governmental services. Awarded American Water Works Association's Water Landmark Award 1986. Listed in National Register of Historic Places 2003.

Keywords

Buildings and Architecture, Government Institutions

Annotated Text

Built 1897 by Challenge Wind and Feed Mill Company of Batavia, Illinois.(1) Rare(2) tower and wood tank structure is an original example of nineteenth century public water utility facility, (3) construction methods, and technology.(4) Tower has limestone foundation, is 104 feet tall and approximately 20 feet in diameter, with two-foot thick brick walls.(5)

Original 1897 tank replaced 1924 by Challenge;(6) 66, 000 gallon tank is made of horizontally curved cypress battens held in place by metal binder rings.(7) Additions made to structure, which has housed various governmental services.(8) Awarded American Water Works Association's Water Landmark Award 1986.(9) Listed in National Register of Historic Places 2003.(10).

1. "Resolution Establishing Water Works, " Remington Board of Trustees, June 5, 1896, p. 198; Remington Town Board Minutes, May 31, 1897, pp. 97-98, January 3, 1898, pp. 128-29, February 19, 1898, p. 34; Letter, Challenge Company to Town of Remington, September 2, 1924.

2. Suzanne Stanis to Historical Bureau, April 13, 2004 (e-mail).

3. National Register of Historic Places Registration Form, June 1, 2003, NRHP Continuation Sheet, Section 7, p. 1, 3, 4, 5.

4. Ibid., Section 7 and Section 8, p. 3.

5. Ibid., Section 7, p. 1.

6. Contract, Challenge Company to Town of Remington, August 25, 1924; Letter, Challenge Company to Town of Remington, September 2, 1924; Jasper County Democrat, November 19, 1924.

7. NRHP Continuation Sheet, Section 7, p. 1.

8. Ibid., pp. 1-3; Remington Town Board Minutes, March 2, March 30, 1964, p. 5, April 13, 1964, p. 7, June 8, 1964, p. 11; Remington Press, October 26, 1979, July 15, 1983.

9. American Water Works Association Web Site accessed April 7, 2004.

10. National Register of Historic Places Web Site, accessed April 8, 2004.