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Walterboro Water Tower

The Walterboro Water Tower is a standpipe tower – or freestanding pipe providing water to an area – located in historic downtown Walterboro. Completed in 1915, this 133-foot tower provides the city with 100,000 gallons of water — it also serves as one of Colleton County‘s most interesting landmarks.

Walterboro Standpipe

Benton Henry of Latta, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

This tower, the Belton Standpipe in Anderson County, and the standpipe in Allendale are the only standpipe towers in the state. The lower portion of the tower was used as the city’s jail for a short time in the early 1900s, according to local lore (seen below). It is said that later, the jail cells were offered to stranded travelers in need of a place to stay for the night.

Walterboro Watertower Jail

Gazie Nagle of Charleston, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

More Pictures of Walterboro Water Tower

Standpipe Water Tower Walterboro

Andy Hunter of North Augusta, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Walterboro Water Tower Cell

Gazie Nagle of Charleston, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The Walterboro Water Tower is included in the National Register as part of the Walterboro Historic District:

The Walterboro Historic District is a significant collection of properties located near the center of the town of Walterboro. The majority of the properties in the district were constructed between ca.1800 and ca.1945 and represent a wide range of nineteenth and early twentieth century vernacular design. The district is primarily residential in character, but also includes religious, educational, and public buildings. The visual appearance of the district reflects the historical development of the town, which was one of several South Carolina pineland villages settled during the early nineteenth century by planters in search of a healthful climate.

Walterboro Water Tower Info

Address: North Memorial Avenue at East Washington Street, Walterboro, SC 29488
GPS Coordinates: 32.902347,-80.662297

Walterboro Water Tower Map

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One Comment about Walterboro Water Tower

Ronnie Blanchard says:
February 1st, 2013 at 5:40 pm

I work for the Walterboro post office from 04/15/1988 to 10/30/2009, I parked my car at Colleton County tower. I would eat at the Hiot Drug store at noon. Paul Hooker was my postmaster, and Edward Culpepper.


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