August 9, 2011


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The seemingly endless winding climb to the top of the tower can make you lose your place. The tight spiral takes you up about 12 stories, but you would never know it. You just climb. Sure, there are a few landings. But none of them give you perspective. You just keep climbing.

Along the way you marvel at the details of the original construction. The brick work, the  iron work on the gates, insignia “LWW” (for Lawrence Water Works) forged on each step tell you that this tower was designed and built to last.

You wonder how they installed the 100+ foot center post that anchors the spiral steps. How many people? How much time?

Mostly, you are happy this structure has been preserved.

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