March 25, 2008
The Old Chicago Water Tower
The Chicago History Museum reminded me that today marks the 141st anniversary of the beginning of construction on the Chicago Water Tower. On March 25, 1867, the cornerstone was laid, but the tower would not be completed for two years. Take a look at the Water Tower today - right this minute - courtesy of Loyola University's Webcam. Well, most of it.
Encyclopedia Chicago has, of course, several interesting articles related to this beloved landmark: Water in Chicago and Constructing an Infrastructure. The City of Chicago adds to our knowledge with: History of Chicago's Water Tower, Historic Water Tower and Old Chicago Water Tower District. After a while it gets to be pretty dry stuff. But, just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about this historic Chicago symbol, along comes an article on the Chicago Water Tower by "The Chief Engineer." Have fun.
One more thing...no, the Chicago Water Tower was not the only building to survive the Great Fire of 1871.