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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

History of Campbell's Water Tower

Just in the off chance that anyone reading this is as interested in the Campbell Water Tower as much as me, I thought to post a little bit of the history of the tower.

Benjamin Campbell, the founder of the City of Campbell, along with family, friends and neighbors created the Campbell Water Company in 1892. There were different wooden tanks and pump houses over the years, what survives to this day is a steel tank and tower, and a wood and stucco pump house building.

The pump house building — with the words 'Campbell Water Company' painted on it — was constructed in 1927. The water tank — a 75,000 gallon steel tank — was purchased from Pittsburg-Des Moines Steel Company in 1928 and installed on a tower, which makes the structure 130 feet tall. The tower was painted a two tone apricot and plum color in 1997 with the letters spelling Campbell added. About ten years later the tower was repainted the current beige color. This color was chosen by a long time resident of Campbell, who remembers the tower used to be a beige color.

The Stone Griffin Gallery offers photographs and original artwork of the water tower, come in and have a look!
Stone Griffin Gallery
415 E Campbell Ave
Campbell, Calif 95008

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