Chandler, Minnesota: Collapsed "In God We Trust" Water Tank Tornado Memorial

Only one person died when an F5 tornado flattened most of Chandler in 1992. The town left its battered "In God We Trust" water tank standing as a memorial.
Address:
5th St., Chandler, MN
Directions:
Take Hwy 91 to Chandler, turn west onto Main Ave., then turn right onto 5th St. The tank will be two blocks north, on the right, behind a school and a funeral home.
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Old In God We Trust water tower. Collapsed In God We Trust Water Tower

So I went and checked this out as I was passing through the other day. At first as I went into town and towards 5th Street I was starting to wonder if it was gone since there is a new tall water tower that says "Chandler In God We Trust" on it.

There is no marker for the old water tower, but headed north on 5th it is right behind a school and a funeral home. Plenty of parking on the street. There is a picnic table there and you can see the water tower, still dented and rusting. There is a plaque on it commemorating the F-5 Tornado (seems to be more for the town getting flattened by an F-5 than the one person who died in it, who isn't mentioned at all). There isn't any signage for it and it is set back pretty far from the street, so it's one of those things you really have to be looking for or know what you are looking for or else it could easily go unnoticed.

[Baumer, 05/07/2010]

One person died when the F5 tornado flattened most of Chandler in 1992. The town left its battered "In God We Trust" water tank standing as a memorial.

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