Demolition of Brookport’s “tin man” set for Monday
After soaring above Brookport, Illinois, for 107 years, the “tin man” water tower will be demolished. Local 6’s Blake Stevens spoke with a couple of residents to find out how they are taking the change.
Former mayor Judy Askew says the tower “is one of the few things that have been left in the city through all of the disasters that have come.” One of the events Askew is referring to is the tornado less than two years ago, an event that the current mayor says put the city in bankruptcy.
“We were given an estimate of $124,000 to restore the tower 12 years ago,” Mayor John Klaffer told WPSD. It is impossible to restore the tower, which had been condemned and considered to be a safety hazard. Even if the funds were there, it would not have enough capacity to be a functioning water tower.
Danita Harris, who rents the barber shop across the street from the tower, says she doesn’t like losing the tower, but she understands the necessity. “It’s hurtful to see so much change,” she says.
Demolition is set for Monday and the tower, which is a signature part of Brookport’s image, will stand no longer.