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Compton Hill Water Tower 

When: Fri., Sept. 16, 5:30 p.m.-12 a.m. 2016
Price: $3-$5
The highest point is St. Louis is not the obvious one — the Hi-Pointe Theater — but in fact the Compton Hill Water Tower (1900 South Grand Boulevard; The nineteenth-century structure was built to even out the pressure in the city's water system and to look good while doing so. Still standing tall after almost 220 years, the tower is now retired from managing the water system but retains its handsome profile thanks to the efforts of the Water Tower Park & Preservation Society. The group hosts regular open houses, allowing curious antiquarians and lovers of beauty to climb the tower on select nights — tonight being one such night. From 5:30 to midnight, guests can take the 198 stairs to the top and look out over the park (and the I-44 construction, if that's your jam). It's a full moon tonight as well, so everything should be clearly illuminated. Admission is just $3 to $5.
— Paul Friswold



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