Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Lost Iron Tower of Howard Avenue

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Like something out of Edgar Rice Burroughs or Robert E. Howard, this tall cylinder can been seen peeking out from behind the trees on Howard Avenue next to St. John's. Of course when I was younger my friends and I decided we had to make an effort to penetrate the dense woods and find out what it was.
Well, as you can sort of see, security's pretty lax and the woods aren't really that thick. We simply slipped through a gap in the fence and walked up to the metal column. I guess it's about eight or ninety feet high. There's not really much going on with it. There was an oval hole in the side that we were able to look into and see the great nothing inside and the sky through the open top above. And that was it. We went home and never bothered going back.

Apparently it's just a DEP Water Department water tower. The old photo's from 1937.


Anonymous said...

I found your site with search words grymes hill and water tower. Can't believe you wrote about it but I'm thrilled. I grew up in the shadow of that tower for two decades. I never climbed it. That baffles me to this day. Hoping to find more current posts. Thanks for posting.

The Wasp said...

Thanx for stopping by. How did you not climb thing?

Anonymous said...

You know anything about ward mansion that used to sit behind the Wagner college football field until it was demolished in mid nineties?