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A Brief History of a Mendocino Water Tower

In collaboration with Mendocinoโ€™s Kelley House Museum, MendoFever will be publishing their well-researched Facebook posts exploring the history of the town of Mendocino. The Kelley House Museum works hard to document and curate Mendocino Countyโ€™s rich history and can be visited in the seaside town of Mendocino.

Photo: J. D. Johnson’s Water Tower, 1948. (Kelley House Collection, Kelley House Photographs)

J. D. Johnson, the prolific Mendocino building contractor, built this water tower on his property just north of the Masonic Hall on Lansing Street in June 1885 to furnish water to his nearby construction and undertaking buildings.

By January 1949, the tank had not been used for a number of years, and the tower was slowly falling apart. The Masonic Order, which owned the tower at that time, gave the water tank and tower to the Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department. The Fire Department dismantled the tower and used the lumber for improvements to the Lansing Street Fire Station.

๐˜ž๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜›๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ž๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜”๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜ž๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜š๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ – ๐˜Š๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜”๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐโ€“๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ. $15. https://www.kelleyhousemuseum.org/store/

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  1. Beautiful piece of architecture. It would be interesting to see an article on the symbolism and meaning behind the very odd statue atop the former Freemasonic lodge directly south of this photo. One can only wonder on the early history and influence of that organization as it relates to this county and in particular, the tiny village of Mendocino…

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