Jack MacDonald sent this picture and these words about the water tower....

"thought this might fit since most of the people my age remember seeing this in the city park. I grew up with it and it supplied the whole town. Now we have 3 watertowers and there is talk of adding another".

 
Clear Lake's Watertower in 1936

"This watertower was the only watertower Clear Lake had many years ago.  It stood in the center of the park and provided water for the entire community.

It also supplied cold water in the summer to the drinking fountain located near by.  There was a large pit under the fountain, which in the winter was filled with ice during the annual ice harvest, through which ran the pipes to the fountain.  In City Park, one could get a cold drink all summer long.

The water tower was open at the top and there was the fear that in the winter the water might freeze, therefor shutting off the supply.  So, occasionally, in the extreme cold weather, the tower was pumped to overflowing.  As the picture shows, there was also the danger that with so much ice hanging on one side the tower would topple.  Luckily that never happened.

Go to the History Room at the Clear Lake Public Library to learn more interesting facts about our unique community.  Until next time...."
"I thought this might fit since most of the people my age remember seeing this in the city park. I grew up with it and it supplied the whole town. Now we have 3 watertowers and there is talk of adding another."  Jack MacDonald

(This article and picture was sent in by Jack MacDonald (1957).  Thank you Jack!!)