ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — There’s a full moon tonight and you can view it from the top of the Compton Hill Water Tower. Just a warning: there are a lot of stairs to climb, but it’s worth it for the view.

The tower is usually open to the public on the first Saturday of each month, but when there’s a full moon, they open it up at sunset. Admission is $5 and the money helps the Water Tower & Park Preservation Society care for this gorgeous piece of mid-19th century engineering.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, the water tower is one of only seven of its kind left in the United States (two others are in St. Louis). It essentially is a beautiful shell around a big water pipe! A throw-back to an era when function AND form were equally important.

I took my daughter to the top a few years ago. She kept calling it “the princess tower.” She was a bit disappointed that there was no kitchen or princess bedroom inside, but we both loved the view.


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