As many of you know, I love wandering around small Texas towns with my camera in hand. Each town I visit has a rich and varied history as well as some of the most wonderful architecture a photographer could ever ask for.
Columbus, Texas is no exception. After a serious fire gutted the town’s livery stable and hotel in 1883, the county commissioners authorized construction of a round brick water tower, constructed from some 400,000 locally made bricks. The incredible brick walls in this tower were built almost three feet thick to support a metal water tank atop the two-story structure. Beneath it, the city’s volunteer fire department had its office and fire fighting equipment. After the early 1900’s the water tower fell into disrepair and in 1926 the United Daughters of the Confederacy got county officials to agree to let them use the tower as their meeting place. It stands proudly there to this day as a wonderful historical marker.