An 1800s water tower that once served Beloit with drinking water and fire protection was eventually abandoned, in favor of a better structure. The ruins of the tower now anchor a city park and offer a glimpse into a bit of early engineering that helped Beloit grow and protected it from the dangers of fire. It’s a beautiful destination for a stroll – both to see the tower’s fine masonry work and take in beautiful vistas of the city.

Here’s why the Beloit water tower is the perfect destination for a scenic hike.

While the tower was abandoned, it’s now recognized for its significance to the city. In 1983 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. For some more interesting ruins, head to the eerie sight in this county park.

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