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Crenelated water tower contains a museum.
Crenelated water tower contains a museum.

Confederate Museum in a Water Tower

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Columbus, Texas

Built in 1883 with 400,000 bricks, the tower originally supported a big tank filled with water used to douse downtown fires. When Columbus got a water system, the tank was taken off the top of the tower and the town tried to blow up the tower with dynamite. Its three-foot-thick walls wouldn't budge. Now looking like a wayward tower from a medieval castle, it was turned over to The United Daughters of the Confederacy, which used it as their meeting place. In 1962 -- during the battle years of segregation -- it officially became the Columbus Confederate Memorial Museum. One exhibit of note: a three-barrel shotgun.

Confederate Museum in a Water Tower

UDC Confederate Memorial Museum

Milam St., Columbus, TX
UDC Confederate Memorial Museum. Downtown, on the northeast corner of Spring St. and Milam St./Hwy 52. One block south of US Hwy 90.
M, Th, F 10 am - 2 pm. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Free, donation jar.
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