If you remember, a while back, I introduced you to the Compton Hill Water Tower & The Reservoir Park. A beautiful old structure and surrounding park that I had never even visited, even though I’ve lived here my entire life. LOL Well, I found out during my visit that, once a month during the spring and summer, the water tower is open to the public and you can climb to the top! So, naturally, I had to do it, right?
Yep, I got The Hubs and my BFF, Lisa, and we headed back down to water tower to check it our from the inside. The volunteer at the entrance apprised us of the 198 steps we would need to climb to see the incredible views at the top. We fortunately had worn appropriate footwear (which means I wore flip flops). So, we paid our fee and entered the tower.
The circular staircase was more narrow than I had even expected, but the vintage details were marvelous.
A peek out one of the narrow windows on the way up…
And through a narrow window on the other side. I can finally see over the reservoir wall to what’s inside!
And finally we were right up at the top!
OK, just a side note/rant here – on this particular day, the tiny, round room at the top had several people in it. I wish I had thought to use my phone to get a panorama. (Hey! Another reason to go back and visit again!) But, frankly, I didn’t, because two of those people were very young, very active boys and the windows were open with no safety glass. Mom of said boys didn’t seem to mind that her kids were climbing all over the place, including reaching far out the windows. (Literally, my palms are sweating at the memory as I type this. Some people just shouldn’t be parents – like adults who have no idea how to discipline.) I was either going to discipline those kids myself (and probably save their lives) or I was going to turn my attention to the task at hand and get pictures of the amazing views.
Anyway, after getting a warning look from The Hubs, I turned my attention to the task at hand. Get a load of these!
The famous St. Louis skyline! You can see Union Station with its tower, arch-roofed railyard (now parking lot) and bright red roof to the far left and, of course, The Gateway Arch on the right.
An aerial view of Reservoir Park!
The world-renowned Anheuser-Busch Brewery!
And the more notorious Lemp Brewery…largely unused these days…
A strangely bucolic view of Interstate 44…
(See that ledge in the foreground? Yeah, that was the ledge those boys were literally trying to lean out on to see over. You can see why I was simultaneously terrified and nearly overcome with the urge to throat-punch their mother.)
And heading down Grand Avenue…
OK, but, seriously, how about that skyline?!?!? How could I end a post like this without one more look at it? And zooming in a bit, to give you a better glimpse of Busch Stadium, home of my St. Louis Cardinals!
So, yes, I will go back, maybe next month, and get a big old panoramic shot of the tiny room at the top. But, this was a really cool experience and the money the volunteers raise goes to the preservation of the historic structure. It’s a win-win!
See you soon, Compton Hill…
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