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Dec 7, 2009 1:35 AM by Monica Quintero

Guadalupe's historic water tower comes down

A piece of Guadalupe history came down on Sunday.

A water tank has towered over Guadalupe since 1928. It stood about 110-feet tall. The tank was deemed unsafe after the 2003 San Simeon earthquake. Arlene Valdez, a Guadalupe resident, said "People said it moved a little bit like it was dizzy. It looked like it drank some tequila." Valdez then started laughing. She also said the new water tower is nice, but it's hard to see the old one go. "It's sad to have it down because for a lot of years it was here in Guadalupe," said Valdez. Jack Owen, Guadalupe Fire Chief, said, "There are mixed emotions out here." But even though it's coming down, residents will still have a chance to remember this iconic tower. The historical society is keeping pieces of the tank. Chief Owen, said, "As kind of a momento and history of the city." As for the new tank, there are similarities. It also displays "City of Guadalupe" proudly, as well as "Gateway of the Dunes" on the north and south sides of the tank. Valdez said, "It does look like it's stronger. Hopefully, we don't have another earthquake but who knows, only God knows." The new tank stands about 149 feet tall. The cost of the project was around 1.4 million dollars.

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