Demolition starts on Alamo Heights water tower known as 'The Tin Man'
Removal of 1920s-era water tower draws onlookers
Demolition has begun on Alamo Heights' iconic "Tin Man" water tower.
People who live nearby -- or saw the sparks of cutting torches while driving by -- stopped to take a picture of the Tin Man as demolition crews removed the 1920s-era water tower.
"I was dropping off the kids and I just saw them doing this and I wanted to take a picture of it. It's history," Angela Morante said.
Jose Silva has seen the Tin Man from his front yard for the last 35 years, and if it were up to him, he'd see it for years to come.
"I think it's the wrong decision to take it off," he said.
The City of Alamo Heights said not only is the tower outdated and in need of costly repair, it is also in the way of the new municipal building.
Crews started removing the 131-foot-tall water tower starting with its top. The entire demolition was expected to take eight hours.
"I think it's pretty neat, seeing how they're taking this thing down. I wish they'd use part of it and make a marquee down by the little league fields. That way, you'll always see a piece of it as you drive by," Rick Flume, who lives nearby and stopped to watch the progress, said.
The city will incorporate pieces of the iconic water tower in the new city complex, but for many who are used to seeing it every day, that's not the same thing.
"It's just kind of one of those things you're used to seeing, so it's kind of fun. It's more like the small-town water tower. You always know when you're getting home or coming close to home," Wendy Erickson said.
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