In October, the Hillsboro water tower No. 2 received special recognition from the Kansas Historical Society (KSHS) as one of six nominations for National Register status. In December, the federal organization of the Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places in Washington, D.C. deemed it worthy of a permanent place on the National Register.
The National Register of Historic Places is part of the National Park Service. This program coordinates and supports public and private efforts to preserve America’s history.
The city of Hillsboro’s history is inter-twined with that of the water tower, from the time of its construction in 1927, to continued use as a west-side supply source, and backup to the main tower, built in 1981.
City Administrator Larry Paine said the permanent historical designation ensures funding for maintenance and care of the water tower.
Nathan Eberline of the Intergovernmental Relations Associate for the League of Kansas Municipalities said Hillsboro’s use of the historical designation is an example to other municipalities of how to keep an eye on the past while planning for present and future needs.
“The goal of reinvention and improvement is truly a desirable characteristic that Hillsboro presents,” he said.