So Minnesota: Washburn Park Water Tower and Guardians of Health

Updated: November 22, 2019 06:13 PM

Some neighborhoods in the Twin Cities have their very own landmark. One in south Minneapolis has stood tall for nearly a century. 

The Washburn Park Water Tower was built in 1932. The imposing, 110-foot-tall domed cement structure is adorned with eagles and eight hooded sword-wielding knights. 


The knights are symbolic protectors of the water supply, known as the "Guardians of Health."

"They are probably prompted by past outbreaks of typhoid fever, foul tasting water, bad tasting water, and they were meant to reflect that we are protecting the water system," said Dennis Gardener, National Register historian of Minnesota. 

The water tower is no longer in use, but it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. 

It often serves as an unofficial beacon for planes landing at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport.

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