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Property Name Hernando Water Tower
Reference Number 13000736
State Mississippi
County De Soto
Town Hernando
Street Address northeast corner of Losher and Church streets
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 9/18/2013
Areas of Significance COMMUNITY PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT, ENGINEERING
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/13000736.pdf
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The Hernando Water Tower is locally significant under Criteria A for association with Community Planning and Development and Criteria C for association with Engineering as the first and only historic water tank in the city. Further, as a representative of a specific period in the evolution of water tower design and engineering, retention of the historic form and the various components that create it are critical to the integrity of both design and materials. The Hernando Water Tower is an example of an all-steel elevated tank in the hemispherical design. It retains its suspended hemispherical bottom, lattice-girder tower, balcony stiffener and conical roof, making it an important example of the hemispherical form of water tower. The Hernando Water Tower, having had no significant alterations made to it, retains its integrity of materials, The Hernando Water Tower is eligible for listing under Criteria A for association with Community Planning and Development and Criteria C for association with Engineering as an excellent intact example of a water-system engineered structure built in 1925 and the first and only historic water tower in the city. The Hernando Water Tower is a visual focal point within downtown Hernando as it is the tallest structure in the area. Built by the City of Hernando, the tower is an emblem of the foresight that civic leaders showed in providing a clean water supply and fire protection. In 1925, a bond issue was called to raise $20,000 for the purpose of building a water system with an elevated water tank, fire hydrants, and water pipes underground to every business and home. The importance of this action is emphasized by the fact that this was only the second bond issue passed in Hernando, the first being to raise funds to build the Hernando High School. 1 The Hernando Water Tower was used until a new tank was constructed in 2009 outside of the downtown area.

 

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