A full tank of water tower nostalgia

Photo by Clifford Oto

It’s been fun monitoring reaction on social media to my news over the weekend that a half dozen of Stockton’s largest and oldest water towers will give up the ghost over the next few years.

A sampling from the Facebook groups Stockton History and Memories of Stockton:

–”I’m 58 and that tower has been there as long as I can remember. Feels like losing a long time friend/neighbor.” –Kenn Lujan Sonne

–”Let’s do an art project using lights on the towers and tanks. Or ┬ámurals. An homage to our history. Thoughts everyone?” –Cindi Fargo

–”I lived next door to the water tower on Atlee Street at Commerce Street, east of the University of the Pacific… we were sitting in the house when the Loma (Prieta) earthquake hit. My wife yelled at me, ‘What is this?’ I told her it was just an earthquake and to go outside. We went out on the front yard and looked up at that tower rocking about a foot and a half back and forth. The support cables were buckling and the tower looked like it was going to come down. This was very scary so we went toward El Dorado to get out of the way.” –Jim Stovall

–”They always looked like giant spiders at night. We kids would call them that.” –Vickie Ann Colatorti

–”I used to think they were alien ships.” –Kim Prato San Gabriel

–”Under that silver paint on the water tower at Flora and Buena Vista, you can find my sister’s name painted in big block letters that were painted in the middle of the night by her boyfriend of 1965. It must have impressed her. She married him a couple of years later.” –Wes Chisholm

–”I appreciate the history. But I won’t miss them.” –Darren Denison

–”I’ll miss them, and I didn’t even grow up here. Stockton is losing all of its character! Pretty soon we are going to have nothing but chain restaurants and strip malls.” –Terry Salcido

–”I guess everything and everyone will be gone one day. Nothing quite as constant as change.” –Donna Wright

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