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It was pretty obvious that the O'Fallon Municipal Tower (JC1711) was long gone, but it was nice to find a photo showing that it was once there.


The water tower was on the site of what is now the city hall, but was originally St. Mary's convent.


I googled "St Mary's O'Fallon water tower" and came up with an 81-page document nominating the facility to the National Register of Historic Places. These Registration Forms, if you can find them, are wonderful compilations of history, architecture, and photographs. And sure enough, this one had historic pictures of the site ... including the benchmark water tower ca. 1930 and another aerial view, from the 1960s, showing the complex without the benchmark water tower. (In this latter photo, there is a water tower elsewhere on the site.)


I used Photoshop Elements to extract the photos to include in my log.


Not often I get this lucky, so I thought I would share my experience with some external research.



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