WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
ST. GEORGE OLD WATER TANK
St. George, Utah
LOCATION37° 6' 46.07" North Latitude, 113° 34' 22.70" West Longitude
3,023 feet MSL
On the Red Hill, directly north of 500 East on the south side of Skyline Drive (now Red Hills Parkway).
DESCRIPTIONThis 1 million gallon water storage tank was round with a flat cement roof. Stairs on the side led up to the roof.
During part of its life, it had a railing around the edge so that people on the roof would not fall off.
HISTORYThis tank was build by the city of St. George in 1948 to store water being piped down from Pine Valley Mountain. It became a major component of the municipal water system.
It also added to the community's social scene. The wide, flat concrete roof became a popular outdoor dance floor. Dances were held Friday and Saturday nights for quite a while. For years after its completion, the water tank was a favorite fun spot for Dixie-ites.
The first year, there was not railing along the edge, which made it a little scary. After that a railing was put up which made it a lot safer.
The railing is currently being restored with the intent of using the structure as a place to look out over the city.