Waldo Water Tower (Kansas City, Missouri)

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Not to be confused with Waldo Water Tower (Waldo, Arkansas).
Waldo Water Tower
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Waldo Water Tower (Kansas City, Missouri) is located in Missouri
Waldo Water Tower (Kansas City, Missouri)
Waldo Water Tower (Kansas City, Missouri) is located in the US
Waldo Water Tower (Kansas City, Missouri)
Location 75th St. and Holmes Rd., Tower Park, Kansas City, Missouri
Coordinates 38°59′25″N 94°34′55″W / 38.99028°N 94.58194°W / 38.99028; -94.58194Coordinates: 38°59′25″N 94°34′55″W / 38.99028°N 94.58194°W / 38.99028; -94.58194
Built 1920[2]
Architect Tifft Const. Co.
NRHP Reference # 77000810[1]
Added to NRHP April 18, 1977

The Waldo water tower, officially called the Frank T. Riley Memorial, is a white, castle-like tower in the Waldo neighborhood of south Kansas City, Missouri.[3]

The structure was a functioning water tower from 1920 until 1957.[3] The tower was pictured each year from 1929 to 1946 in the World Book Encyclopedia as an early example of reinforced concrete.[4] It was listed in 1975 as Missouri's first American Water Landmark by the American Water Works Association, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.[4]

The 12-sided tower is 134 feet (41 m) tall, with walls 18 inches (460 mm) thick, and a capacity of 1,000,000 US gallons (3,800,000 l; 830,000 imp gal). The tower is topped by crenellations and 12 arched windows. It was constructed using a 14-day continuous pour.[3]

In August 1962, the remains of a 20-year-old man missing since the previous November were discovered in the bottom of the tower. To retrieve the body, a hole was created near the bottom of the tower. The location of that hole is still visible on the west side of the tower. The tower is currently protected from vandals and climbers by a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire.[5]

In 2015, the Kansas City Council set aside $850,000 to renovate the tower.[2]

Closeup of the crenellated top

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b Waldo Tower makeover a victory for neighborhood activist, a May 19, 2015 article from The Kansas City Star. Retrieved 2015-07-19.
  3. ^ a b c Campbell, Matt (10 March 2009). "Group wants to improve a towering landmark". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved 11 March 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b Tillotson, Bette (2002–2005). "A History of Waldo: Waldo Facts". Waldo Area Business Association. Retrieved 11 March 2009. 
  5. ^ James Everett "Jim" Royse from Find a Grave. Retrieved 2015-07-19.

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