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Lake Taghkanic State Park Tower
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While camping in the heart of the Lake Taghkanic State Park campgrounds over Labor Day weekend, my lady and I came across this tower.
Here are some daytime shots
And here are some long exposure shots taken from the top and the entrance from when we went back at night
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Peter: 9th Sep 2009 - 13:52 GMT
cool looking place! any idea what it is/was?
i like the long-exposure shots with stars, and the one showing the wooden roof from the inside... nice!
Sean Hopkins: 9th Sep 2009 - 21:36 GMT
As far as what it is, I'm not really sure other than some kind of water/watchtower. I tried finding info on it but to no avail. It would be cool if someone can shed a little light onto the history of it.
Chris Rickard-Park Manager Lake T.: 11th Sep 2009 - 13:49 GMT
Thanks for the great pictures! This is our East Water Tower. It holds 30,000 gallons of chlorinated drinking water that feeds our campground and camping area via gravity. It was designed and built in the early 1930's by The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), an unemployment relief program started by President FDR to pull America out of The Great Depression.
Jean: 12th Jan 2010 - 20:15 GMT
Wow this has been around since I was a kid. Surprised its still standing.
Indrek: 20th Feb 2010 - 00:50 GMT
I can't believe I stumbled on this. Back in 1966 and 1967 my family stayed at the cabins for a week each season and I remember my dad and I going to the tower. It sure would be nice to revisit after 43 years.
Fitz: 26th Mar 2010 - 19:19 GMT
Drawings and an original photograph of the tower appear in the reprint of the 1938 book entitled, "Park and Recreation Structures" by Mr. Albert H. Good, a consultant to the National Parks in the 30's and 40's. I have attached the photo from the book. Sure looked nice sans graffiti.
Ed: 14th Aug 2011 - 02:19 GMT
I saw the tower too when staying at those cabins in the summer with my family. Late 1960's - 1973. The original Planet of the Apes movies were playing then.
Wendy: 18th Aug 2012 - 23:30 GMT
it's a shame that people have no respect and defaced it so bad. Cool Photos otherwise!
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