Brainerd Water Tower

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Brainerd Water Tower
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Brainerd Water Tower is located in Minnesota
Brainerd Water Tower
Brainerd Water Tower is located in the United States
Brainerd Water Tower
LocationBrainerd, Minnesota
Coordinates46°21′29.99″N 94°11′59.03″W / 46.3583306°N 94.1997306°W / 46.3583306; -94.1997306Coordinates: 46°21′29.99″N 94°11′59.03″W / 46.3583306°N 94.1997306°W / 46.3583306; -94.1997306
ArchitectL. P. Wolff
NRHP reference #74001014[1]
Added to NRHPJuly 17, 1974

The Brainerd Water Tower is located at Sixth and Washington in Brainerd in the U.S. state of Minnesota. It was the first all-concrete elevated tank used by a municipality in the United States; even though it was replaced in 1960, it remains standing as an icon of the town.[2][3] It is referred to as "Paul Bunyan's Cup" or "Paul Bunyan's Flashlight" by local residents.[citation needed] The similar Pipestone Water Tower, also made of concrete, located in Pipestone, Minnesota, is the only other water tower in the United States known to have been designed by the architect L.P. Wolff.[4]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "Water Towers Serve as Identifiers, Reminders, Landmarks". Waterline. Minnesota Department of Health. Summer 1997. Retrieved 2008-01-30.
  3. ^ Nord, Mary Ann (2003). The National Register of Historic Places in Minnesota. Minnesota Historical Society. ISBN 0-87351-448-3.
  4. ^ "Pipestone Water Tower-- National Register of Historic Places Pipestone, Minnesota Travel Itinerary". National Park Service. Retrieved 30 September 2011.