History of the Water Tower
The water tower was originally erected in 1921 on the M.H. Whittier Ranch located at the southeast corner of Avenue 48 and Jackson Street in what is today the City of Coachella.
The water tower was placed over the water well and the water was pumped to the tank of 8,000 gallons. The combined weight of the water and the height provided adequate water pressure for the homes and packing sheds on the ranch.
In 1993 the tower was moved to the Coachella Valley Museum by the children of Hurbert Richert, a local date grower, as a memorial.
Water Tower Restoration Project | 2016
Restoration Project 2016
Be part of this once in a lifetime RESTORATION project! CVHM is embarking on a project to restore the historic M.H. Whittier Co. water tower and our collection of farm implements.
On behalf of our visitors, including the 3000 plus third grade students who visit our campus to learn about this iconic piece of local history, we invite you to be part of HISTORY through this restoration project!
Through this campaign we seek to raise $50,000 towards the restoration of the water tower and farm implements.
Water Tower and Farm Implements Restoration Project will include:
Preserving and sharing the history of the Coachella valley
Coachella valley historical society, INC.
Your contribution towards the restoration of this great piece of local history will help us continue to share this with generations to come.
Your tax deductible contribution to this project will not only restore the water tower but also many historic farm implements.
Leave your mark on this project through one of these levels of contribution:
To make your contribution you may use the GoFundMe link or PayPal link below or contact Janice at 760.342.6651 or firstname.lastname@example.org.