Belton: Standpipe water tower becomes local historic landmark

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BELTON, Texas (KWTX) The standpipe water tower on West Avenue I in Belton is the first property the city has designated as a local historic landmark.

Built in 1914, and no longer in use, the tower once was a crucial component of the town's water system. (Photo by Megan Vanselow)

Built in 1914, and no longer in use, the tower once was a crucial component of the town's water system, and on Dec. 26, 1990 was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

According to that document, it was built when Belton was experiencing rapid growth and its city leaders were attempting to modernize the town's utilities.

Now, the Belton City Council has designated the 2.3 acres around the standpipe as a local historic landmark, and approved a historic preservation overlay zone on the property.

"It's a hidden jewel that a lot of people just aren't familiar with in Belton. There are people that probably lived here a decade and driven by it every day and not noticed it." Belton city spokesman Paul Romer said.

A medallion that identifies the property will be placed at the location.

Romer says the city also plans to construct a parking lot and walking trail around the tower in the coming years.

"We feel like embellishing the property and giving people a reason to go to that area means it will be a park many people, whether they live here or not, will enjoy," Romer said.