Water tower DVD celebrates Beaumont's history

The Friends of the Beaumont Water Tower have created a DVD and are working on a second, showcasing the history and legacy of the 1885 wooden water tower in Beaumont.

Proceeds from the DVDs will go toward the tower's maintenance and future projects.

Efforts are under way with the second DVD to reach former residents of Beaumont and former Frisco railroad employees and document their history and stories, according to Marce Brewer, president of the nonprofit group. Work on the second DVD is scheduled to begin Sept. 1.

The tower, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is believed to be the only one of its kind left in the United States. In its heyday, the tower provided water for steam locomotives and for cattle being held nearby for shipping.

Cost of the current DVD is $20 per person, plus $3 for shipping.

For more information, contact Marce Brewer, P.O. Box 20, Beaumont, KS 67012 or e-mail mmbrewer@sktc.net.