West Memphis refurbishes 96-year-old-water tower as an attraction

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WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (localmemphis.com) — A 96-year-old is getting a major makeover will be getting a lot of attention, especially at night. To try to boost tourism, West Memphis spent nearly a quarter of a million dollars to refurbish the Federal Compress Water Tower, which was built in 1923 by the Federal Compress and Warehouse Company for a large cotton compress.

The city commissioned Minneapolis urban artist Randy Walker for the $240,000 project, which was unveiled Thursday night.

The water tower, located on East Broadway and Fourth Street, will be illuminated at night and features hanging, glistening cables, to give the effect of cascading water. A small park and garden beneath the tower, a plaque denoting the tower’s history, and a sitting area are included.

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