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Tampa's iconic Sulphur Springs Water Tower might get a makeover from a preservation group

Tower built in 1927 as part of a resort
Posted: 3:52 AM, Nov 01, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-01 17:00:42-04
Sulphur Springs Water Tower

TAMPA, Fla. — The mysterious landmark many of us drive by every day may soon get a makeover from a Tampa Bay area preservation group.

The Sulphur Springs Water Tower along the Hillsborough River in Tampa was built in 1927. It is an iconic marker for drivers on I-275.

The tower once pumped water into a getaway resort on the property. The land is now known as the city-owned River Tower Park.

VIDEO: Explore the Sulphur Springs Water Tower

The tower has since fallen into disrepair. The doors are locked up so no one is quite sure what it even looks like on the inside.

A group of grassroots preservationists wants to repaint the 92-year-old landmark, fix the ornate concrete moldings and beautify its top observation lookout.

“I love it because of its history,” says the group’s Debi Johnson. “And we need to preserve that history.”

The first step? Throw a fundraising party with live music, food and a whole lot of history.

The River Tower Festival will be held November 16 on the park’s grounds. Tickets are $15. Children under 10 are free.