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Louisville Water Company Extends Invitation to Tour the Tower

Wednesday July 6, 2011

Louisville Water Company is presenting FREE guided tours of the Historic Louisville Water Tower and Pumping Station at 3006 River Road on July 16 and 19.

During the two-hour experience, visitors will learn the fascinating history of Louisville Water Company and how it makes millions of gallons of drinking water everyday.

Guests will step inside the Water Tower, visit the original Pumping Station for a beautiful view of the Ohio River and see one of the massive steam engines used in the early 1900’s. Tour Guides will share interesting facts about Louisville Water and explain the innovation behind the product. “Tour the Tower” also includes hands-on water experiments activities for children and a gift shop.
Designed by Chief Engineer Theodore Scowden in 1858, the Louisville Water Tower is the oldest and most ornamental structure of its kind still standing in the United States. His vision for the tower and pumping station was a classical design that would be “regarded as the most elegant structures for water purposes in the United States.” The original pumping facilities were designated National Historic Landmarks in 1972 – one of only seven such designations in Louisville.

Saturday, July 16 10am – noon
Tuesday, July 19 6-8 pm

Groups larger than 10 or those needing special assistance – email Public Information.
Children younger than 8 years old are not permitted inside the current pumping stations.