Paxton Water Tower and Pump House

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Paxton Water Tower and Pump House
Paxton Illinois Water Tower and Pump House.jpg
Rear of the water tower and pump house
Paxton Water Tower and Pump House is located in Illinois
Paxton Water Tower and Pump House
Location 145 S. Market St., Paxton, Illinois
Coordinates 40°27′31″N 88°5′45″W / 40.45861°N 88.09583°W / 40.45861; -88.09583Coordinates: 40°27′31″N 88°5′45″W / 40.45861°N 88.09583°W / 40.45861; -88.09583
Area less than one acre
Built 1887
Architectural style Gothic
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 84000302[1]
Added to NRHP November 13, 1984

The Paxton Water Tower and Pump House are a historic water tower and pump house located at 145 S. Market St. in Paxton. The two buildings were built with brick; the octagonal water tower is 80 feet (24 m) tall. The buildings were built in 1887 to provide a steady water supply to Paxton. Prior to their construction, Paxton had considerable difficulty with its water supply; a fire which destroyed much of the city's downtown in 1870 had been exacerbated by the fire department's low water supply, and an artesian well project started in 1872 was unsuccessful. The new water tower and pump house were the first in a series of infrastructure improvements which spurred the economic development of Paxton.[2]

The buildings were added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 13, 1984. It is one of four sites on the National Register in Paxton and one of five in Ford County.

View of water tower from the corner of Market and Center in Paxton. City hall is the clock tower at left.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ Kenyon, Leslie H.; Larry D. Davis (July 1984). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Paxton Water Tower and Pump House". National Park Service. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 

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