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Construction Of A New Water Tower in 1958

Old Hartford Water Tower

Old water tower at the corner of
S. Center and E. Linden Streets.

Old pump house and water tower. The pump house is still standing in 2003, however water tower and underground water storage tank were replaced with the new water tower storage system.

Houses demolished and lots cleared in preparation of the construction of
Hartford's new water tower.

Partial completion of water tower


First section of the water tank being
hoisted into the air by a crane.

Construction completed.

Clarence Pomeroy supervises
painting of the water tower.

Look closely to see a painter
directly beneath the tank

Harold Walker, Sr. is just happy he's not one of the two painters hanging from the water tower... they look like ants.

Branding our Hartford Water Tower.

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1-2003  -   Many thanks to Pat Bachman Empson for submitting these
wonderful photos of the construction of Hartford's new water tower.   The originals
were restored from slides of photos taken by her father, Don Bachman, from
his welding shop located across the street from all the action! 

Classmate, Chris Vargo Sinclair (1966) commented in an email about the water tower construction,  which was an incentive for posting these photos.  I tried so hard to remember when the water tower was constructed, but I couldn't, until Pat Empson Bachman provided these lovely photos....thank you Chris and Pat for these beautiful visual memories of an awesome event in our community. 

Was also quite interested to "see" the new city hall . . . I'm assuming it's on the north side of Main, judging from the water tower in the background.  And do you remember that thing (the water tower) being built?  I believe we were in 4th - 5th grade.  I remember roller skating with Ray Cole out in front of the school and seeing the huge pieces of steel being lifted up on cranes. 

Geez, what crazy things we remember! 

                                                                                        Chris Vargo Sinclair (1966)

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A Pictorial History of Hartford, Michigan
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Revised: March 02, 2015