Witch's Hat Water Tower Opens to the Public for 1st Time Since 1928

Updated: 07/12/2014 8:43 PM
Created: 07/12/2014 5:33 PM
By: Jennie Olson

Thousands of people drive by it every day, but very few have ever been inside.

This weekend, the Witch’s Hat Water Tower in the Prospect Park neighborhood in Minneapolis will be open to the public for the first time since 1928.

The tower was built in 1913 to supply water to Minneapolis; it stopped holding water in 1952 and has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1997.

The Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Department says the observation deck is usually only open once a year for the Pratt Ice Cream Social around Memorial Day.

But on Saturday and Sunday, visitors can climb the stairs 60 feet to the top and get a look at the view.  

The tours are free and run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

An autumn view of Prospect Park as seen from Stadium Village
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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