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Otis Water Tower

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1918, Chicago Bridge and Iron Works. 302 E. 1st Ave.

Although a new tower went up in 1978, the town has kept as its landmark this 50,000-gallon cylindrical steel tank with a hemispherical bottom and a conical top, to which an antenna was later added. Standing 110 feet tall on four webbed steel legs, it carries the town's name high above the treeless plains. The tank and associated waterworks served a population that peaked at over 1,000 in the early 1920s.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Otis Water Tower", [Otis, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 272-272.

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