Makanda, Illinois: Buck Rogers-esque Water Tower

Near Giant City State Park, a water storage sphere is held by spindly sci-fi columns above an observation platform. Visitors can climb the spiral staircase for the scenic view.
Rt. 51, Makanda, IL
Giant City Lodge, Rt. 51
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Buck Rogers-esque Water Tower

This awesome water tower and observation deck is in need of a good power washing and paint job. Important tip: visit earlier in the day, as the afternoon sun will totally silhouette the structure. You can see the Bald Knob Cross of Peace miles away to the west.

[Mike Gassmann, 09/11/2020]

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Buck Rogers-esque Water Tower

Awesome 360 degree view of Giant City State Park!

[ThorEric, 10/12/2014]

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Buck Rogers-esque Water Tower

There are 123 steps up to the observation deck of the water tower. Beautiful view of Giant City State Park. You can see the Smiley Face Water Tower in Makanda from here, too.

[Brandi Givens, 07/16/2014]
Buck Rogers-esque Water Tower

A Buck Rogers-looking water tower is along Rt 51 near Giant City State Park.

[Divinydistant, 06/05/2011]

A water storage sphere held by scifi stylish columns. A winding staircase ascends to an observation platform below the sphere.

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