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Old landmark water tower an imposing sight

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Title:
Old landmark water tower an imposing sight
Physical Description:
1 online resource (2 p.) : ill. ;
Language:
English
Creator:
Dunn, Hampton
Publication Date:

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Water towers -- Florida -- Tampa   ( lcsh )
Description and travel -- Tampa (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre:
non-fiction   ( marcgt )

Notes

Abstract:
Typescript of Photouring Florida column that describes the water tower at the north end of Tampa on the Hillsborough River.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Hampton Dunn.
General Note:
Title from caption on PDF of p.1 (viewed July 23, 2010).
General Note:
At head of title: Photouring Florida.

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Source Institution:
University of South Florida Library
Holding Location:
University of South Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 002221542
oclc - 649829630
usfldc doi - D33-0164
usfldc handle - d33.164
System ID:
SFS0000545:00001


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-j15OLD LANDMARK WATER TOWER AN IMPOSING SIGHT By HAMPTON DUNN TAMPA --Motorists arriving in Tampa on Interstate 75 or two other main arteries, Nebraska Ave. or Florida Ave., are greeted by the imposing sight of an old water tower as they cross Hillsborough River at the north end of town. This is a landmark from the Florida boom days. Old-timers in the Sulphur Springs community say the stairs inside are a little creaky and old but the structure itself is as sound and solid as the day it was built back in the 1920s. Shooting 225 feet into the air, the tower still operates. Clear artesian water is pumped from the spring beneath her base to the top of the tower where it is stored in a 125,000 gallon tank and distributed to a number of business houses in the vicinity. A colorful developer, Joe Cy Richardson, built the shaft in 1927. The story goes that the tower was divided at certain levels into seven rooms and it was planned to use these as facilities for the entertainment of winter visitors. But it has only served as a water tower. There's a four-foot platform at the top, and those who have had an opportunity to scan the horizon from this vantage point say it offers a fascinating view of the area for miles around. From time to time, civic leaders urge use of the old landmark for some sort of tourist attraction, possibly as a picnic park and scenic tower. But the city fathers and the owners of the property have never gotten together.

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