• Lindenwood Water Tower Memorial

    St. Charles, MO – The old, brick water tower at Lindenwood University towered over the residents of Saint Charles for over 120 years.  In the summer of 2020, the structure had to be removed for safety reasons; however, given the historical significance to the campus, Lindenwood University has placed a memorial at its former location to pay tribute to the landmark.

    “Lindenwood University is honored to commemorate the water tower in a memorial that reflects the original use of the space – a place where community members gathered,” Lindenwood University President Dr. John Porter said. ”My sincere appreciation goes to Joseph Reimann Weber, whose artistry created a beautiful space that acknowledges the historical foundation and incorporates materials from the original structure. It will be a treasured landmark in St. Charles for many years to come.”
     
    Originally, the old water tower was destroyed by a tornado in 1896 and rebuilt just two years afterwards. It was rebuilt within Lindenwood University and the campus has grossly expanded around and beyond its location. Due to its age and condition, bricks had begun falling from the structure around the year 2016. To keep community members at a safe distance, a protective fence was placed around the tower.
     
    In November 2019, the University reviewed reports from an independent structural engineer and provided the report to the Mayor of Saint Charles. The engineer recommended removal of the tower due to structural safety concerns and, thus, the structure was safely removed in the summer of 2020.
     
    “The Lindenwood water tower was a beautiful, historic structure that held a lot of memories for many people,” says Mayor Dan Borgmeyer. “Unfortunately, too many of these historical structures cannot survive the structural damage and decay that time inflicts and must be removed. We’re very pleased that Lindenwood has decided to construct a memorial on the ground where the tower once stood.  Now, future generations can know and enjoy the history on campus.”
     
    The ribbon cutting for the Lindenwood Water Tower Memorial will be October 11th at 10:30am at the landmark’s former location (near the Spellman Center at Lindenwood University). For questions, please contact Julee Mitsler, at 636-949-4913 or at jmitsler@lindenwood.edu
     

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    Saint Charles, Missouri has a proud past and a promising future.  Established in 1769, Saint Charles has the distinction of being the oldest city on the Missouri River, and the third oldest city in the state.  Saint Charles served as the organization point of the Lewis & Clark Expedition in 1804, when Meriwether Lewis and William Clark embarked on their exploration of the Northwest Territory.  Saint Charles later served as the first capitol of the new state of Missouri from 1821 to 1826.