Gorter water tower in San Francisco.

Water Tower

Restoring the gold leaf decoration
on a fire service water tower...

On this page is a water tower built by the San Francisco Fire Dept. in 1898. Water was fed through inlets on the sides of the deck from several steam fire engines or from a pressurized hydrant. Water pressure was used to raise the tower to a vertical position. Then the water could be pumped up the 65 foot tower and out onto the fire.

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This apparatus fought the fire caused by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

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