Belton Standpipe to be Dedicated as Local Landmark February 5
A prominent feature of the Belton skyline will soon be publicly recognized as an official Local Landmark.
On Wednesday, February 5, the City of Belton will host a public dedication ceremony to recognize the Belton Standpipe's status. If you'd like to be there, the ceremony will start at 2 PM at 201 West Avenue I.
The Belton City Council recognized the Standpipe as a significant part of the community's history by awarding it the City's first Local Landmark designation back in September of 2019. The ceremony is just a way to get the people of Belton out to celebrate and appreciate a beautiful part of Central Texas' history.
“We’re fortunate to have such a rich history and culture here in Belton,” City
Manager Sam Listi said of the designation. “The Local Landmark designation helps bring attention to community treasures, like the Standpipe, and reminds us of the importance of preserving the past as we plan for the future.”
The Standpipe was built as a water tower in 1914. At the time, it was something of a cutting-edge structure, making use of the then new technique of reinforced poured concrete construction. Most standpipes were eventually destroyed and replaced by steel water towers. Belton's is a rare surviving concrete standpipe.
Plans are in the works to restore the standpipe, beautify the area surrounding it, and build a park nearby with picnic tables.