East Main Street Water Tower
In 1957, the citizens of Tupelo passed a bond issue for $100,000 for two water tanks (one in Willis Heights and the other in East Tupelo). The votes were a landslide win for getting the water tanks. The site for the East Tupelo water tank was to be located on the city-owned site of the old East Tupelo reservoir. The contract was awarded to R.D. Cole Manufacturing Co. of Newman, Georgia. The style water tank was a unique design, with only a few others in ever constructed in the country (one of which is in Mobile, AL).
The East Tupelo Water Tower has served as an icon of Tupelo and a visual landmark for decades. There are plans in place to refurbish the water tower, as well as, develop a park connecting to the Elvis Birthplace. It is obvious that Tupelo has embraced this water tower as a symbol of its past & future.