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On Top of the World
St. Louis is known for its beautiful architecture and historic neighborhoods. Come explore our city’s rich history with a climb to the top of the Compton Hill Water Tower on Saturday. I’m not going to sugar coat it — the 198 stairs to the observation deck is an aerobic workout. But the climb is well worth the trip. You’ll be rewarded with a spectacular 360-degree view of the city. On a clear day you can see as far as Illinois and the Jefferson Barracks Bridge.
At one time, over 400 water towers dotted the American skyline. Now only seven are left in the United States. St. Louis is fortunate enough to be home to three of them. All have been claimed historical landmarks. But the crumbling 170-foot Compton Hill Water Tower almost fell victim to the wrecking ball in the 1990’s. Thanks to the efforts of many vocal neighbors, the tower underwent a $19 million renovation instead.
So skip your Saturday morning Stairmaster workout and take your family to the Tower instead. It’s located in Reservoir Park at the corner of Grand and Russell — a stone’s throw from Highway 44.
The Tower is open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month from January to October. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for children 6 to 12. Children 5 and under are free. If you have any questions, check out www.watertowerfoundation.org.
Happy water towering.
By Andrea Wilson, Events Blogger for SmartParenting