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A West End landmark gets lit

Charlotte Water held a ceremony on Friday to light the historic Vest Water Tower on Beatties Ford Road.

The tower, standing in what is now the McCrorey Heights neighborhood, dates back to 1922.

Each day at sundown, the tower will be illuminated by more than 70 LED lights, at a cost of about $7 a day.


The Vest Water Treatment Plant and adjacent tower were conceived following a “crippling drought” in 1911 that required water be brought into the city via railroad and tankers.
Construction began in 1922.

The site was chosen because it was said to have an ideal elevation.

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