Iconic water tower is now a memory


July 14, 2021

This unique view of the old water tower at Kuper Memorial Cemetery was taken by Scott Gallus using a drone. The 5,000 gallon tank atop a 40-foot steel tower was installed in 1927 as part of a project to provide irrigation to the cemetery. The 94-year old structure was removed in the spring, 2021. The tower never had a top on it.

In the late spring I was walking along Stephens Road that borders the Kuper Memorial Cemetery northwest of Chinook. I noticed some construction equipment and workers around the water tower located on the highest part of the cemetery. I figured repair work was going on. A few days later I walked by the cemetery again and the water tank was partially flattened on the ground and the steel tower that held it was gone. I was curious about the history of the old tank and why it was taken down.

A few weeks later I was looking at some old "Chinook Opinions" in the archives and found a 1927 story wi...

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