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Yelm’s ‘Tin Man’ gets landmark status

A 125-foot decommissioned water tower in Yelm has earned landmark status, and will be added to the Washington Heritage Register.
A 125-foot decommissioned water tower in Yelm has earned landmark status, and will be added to the Washington Heritage Register. City of Yelm

The city of Yelm’s water tower has been added to the Washington Heritage Register.

A group of volunteers has committed to raise the funds to restore and maintain the structure, according to a Facebook post by the city of Yelm.

Washington Heritage Register is a list of historically significant sites and properties found in the state. It’s maintained by the state Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation.

It includes districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects that have been identified and documented as “being significant in local or state history, architecture, archaeology, engineering or culture,” according to the state agency’s website.

Yelm’s decommissioned 125-foot-tall “Tin Man”-style water tower was built in 1946 by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Company and is on city property, according to the application submitted to the state.

The state’s landmark designation is a step toward making the water tower eligible for state funding for renovations, according to the Yelm Business Association.

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433, @Lisa_Pemberton

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