As a Minnesota resident, you already know that the foliage here is breathtaking in the fall. This weekend, residents of and visitors to St. Paul have a special chance to take a look at beautiful fall foliage from an unusual vantage point. On Saturday and Sunday, view the autumn leaves from the top of the 127-foot Highland Water Tower in Saint Paul during its open house from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Visitors are invited to climb the 151-step staircase inside the tower to the observation deck.
The Highland Water Tower’s observation deck offers visitors with a fantastic view of the area, particularly looking down on the changing colors of the trees scattered across the Highland Park golf course below and out toward the Mississippi River. On a clear day, airplanes can be seen taking off and landing at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport to the south. The view of the landscape stretches from the Saint Paul city skyline on the east to the Minneapolis skyline on the west. The Highland Water Tower open house provides an excellent opportunity for photographs and is also a fun outing the whole family can enjoy.
The water tower is an historic landmark located in the Highland neighborhood at the intersection of Snelling Avenue and Ford Parkway. The tower, which was designed by Clarence W. “Cap” Wigington, was completed in 1928. The construction of the Highland Water Tower includes facings of Kasota and Bedford stone and a riveted steel-plate tank with a capacity of 200,000 gallons. The tower is still used today to help supply water in the Highland area. A collection of several original Highland Tower blueprints, many of which bear Wigington’s signature, will be displayed inside the tower. Wigington, an architect for the City of Saint Paul from 1915 to 1949, also designed many other important structures in the area, including the Keller Golf Course Clubhouse, the Saint Paul Public Safety Building, and the Como Park Pavilion.
The Highland Water Tower open house is designed to inform residents about municipal water and the efforts of the utility to preserve and protect water resources. Information about the utility’s water treatment process and distribution system will be available. Utility employees will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about utility services. For more information, please contact Saint Paul Regional Water Services at 651-266-6350.