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
Phase One of the Rehabilitation Project has been completed! Thank you to our generous donors and supporters for making the move and rehabilitation dream a reality. The Water Tower now sits prominently in the heart of the museum campus and is visible from many directions around Indio.
Phase Two will include a professional lighting system that will enhance the beauty of the tower and provide security. This phase will be panning out in 2018.
M.H. Whittier Ranch Water Tower
2016 Rehabilitation Project
GUARDIAN | $25,000
Patty & Tom Spates In honor of Hubert C. Richert
WATER SULTAN | $24,999 - $10,000
The Keck Family
Grethe & Carl Cox
AQUIFER ANGEL $9,999 - $5,000
Dolores & Bruce Clark
The Woman’s Club of Indio
HISTORIAN | $4,999 - $1,000
Dr. Priscilla & Chuck Porter
RESERVOIR | $999 - $250
Gloria and Ruben Franz
Diana Kitagawa & Rod Hendry
Richards & Watson, Gershon
SUPPORTER | $249 & under
Carolyn & Bill Tanghe
Cathy & Bill Claborn
Linda & Carl Poirot
Carole Kieley Hayes
Thank you for preserving this iconic piece of Coachella Valley history for future generations
Preserving and sharing the history of the Coachella valley
Coachella valley historical society, INC.