The City Council recently discussed demolition of the Grandview Park water tanks.
What do we know about the construction of the water containers?
Museum photos show the water was stored in a pool on the south end of the park from 1885 until 1908. The pool consisted of a hole filled with water with no lid.
A quote in a January 1887 Sioux City Journal said "It has been written that the water-works system of Sioux City is in many respects unique, and in general one of the most perfect in the United States. It is entitled to this distinction whether considered as a protection against fire or as a motive power or as a supply of pure water in relation to private economy and to public health."
It was around 1908 that the first tank, the north tank according to photos, was constructed. The south tank was constructed, with walls, c. 1914.
The tanks were a constructional undertaking for the time period.