The tower is open to the public once yearly. Visitors can climb 151 steps to an observation deck providing views of Highland Park, the nearby Mississippi River, and the downtowns of both St. Paul and Minneapolis.
The tower's architect, Clarence Wigington, was the city of St. Paul's municipal architect from 1915-1949 and is noted for the being the first African-American municipal architect in the nation.
The tower is still in use, with a 200,000 gallon tank providing water to surrounding neighborhoods.
It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.
This is one of two historic water towers in the Twin Cities with an observation deck. The other is the Prospect Park Water Tower in Minneapolis.
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