Climb the Compton Hill Water Tower Plus a Bonus Neighborhood

THE TOWER OPENS AT NOON... GET IN LINE WHEN YOU GET THERE. WE MAY NOT ALL BE ABLE TO GET IN AT THE SAME TIME.

Let's celebrate the arrival of spring at noon on Saturday, April 5 with a full outing... a climb to the top of the Compton Hill Water Tower, a look at the Magic Chef House, a quick look at the Compton Heights neighborhood, PLUS a bonus neighborhood that you probably have not yet seen.

The Water Tower and Reservoir Park are located on Grand Avenue just southeast of the Interstate 44/Grand Avenue intersection.  We will begin by climbing to the top of the 170-foot tower for a 360-degree view of the metro area that stretches from Illinois, down to the Jefferson Barracks bridge. Admission to the tower is $5. There are 198 steps and seven landings where you can take a breather. This structure predates the Americans with Disabilities Act.

After the tower, we have some stunning architecture in Compton Heights, one of the first planned communities in the U.S., laid out in 1889. The plan viewed nature as a neighbor and not as an enemy to be subjugated by some rectilinear grid, and it has broad, curving streets.

Finally, we can dip into a bonus neighborhood.

The fee for this walk is $1. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring water.  We will meet at the base of the water tower. NOTE THE START TIME OF NOON. See you there!

Join or login to comment.

  • Ron O.

    Photos I took of the tower and the view are available on my photo-sharing website, which is ronoreilly.smugmug.com. Once there, click on "Browse" and then the gallery titled "Compton Hill Reservoir Tower." To enlarge a photo, simply click it. Enjoy! (The "Buy" next to photos gives ME the option to purchase prints. I set up this site because I'm happy to share my stuff, not to sell it.)

    I know I really enjoyed the day, the tower and the view. Plus, it was great to meet other Urban Walkers. Pretty cool for my first U. W. event!

    Thanks to Joe and to all the friendly people who made me feel welcome.

    Ron

    1 · April 8, 2014

  • Janet

    We did walk past my friend's 'new' house ;-). Then my other friend in Compton was working in the tower from 2-4pm. I love this neighborhood and the tower is a cool place to visit!

    1 · April 6, 2014

  • Ron O.

    The tower was magnificent! Great idea, Joe. I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with several fellow Walkers. You made my first U.W. event enjoyable.

    1 · April 6, 2014

  • Tracey

    It was better than I could have hoped for my first outing - fun climbing the tower, nice people to hang out with, and a beautiful spring day to enjoy it all.

    1 · April 5, 2014

  • Dorothy

    Beautiful day, beautiful view, great walk (as usual) Thanks Joe, & all.

    1 · April 5, 2014

  • Martha

    Beautiful day, unique view of the city, nice people and great time!

    1 · April 5, 2014

  • Teresa M.

    Very good to learn some history of STL and meet up with nice folks

    1 · April 5, 2014

  • Norma B.

    Thanks, Joe! I have seen the tower from the highway or driven past it. It was great to be able to climb the tower and to experience the view.

    1 · April 5, 2014

  • Linda

    Great. Many thanks to Joe.

    1 · April 5, 2014

  • Linda

    I thought I changed my RSVP to no yesterday. Forgot I have an all day commitment. Sounds interesting!

    April 5, 2014

    • Joe

      Linda please change RSVP to "no" so someone else can go.

      April 5, 2014

  • shari

    Beautiful day for a walk!! I'm going to be on the couch with aspirin and Kleenex...darn it!

    April 5, 2014

  • Laura J.

    Apologies for last minute RSVP change. Woke up with sore throat and related discomforts. I hope it's not too late for someone on the waiting list to attend. Look forward to seeing everyone in Dogtown next month.

    April 5, 2014

    • Joe

      Everyone has a sore throat and sinus problems this spring. I've had it too. Get well soon, Laura.

      April 5, 2014

  • Tracey

    Unfamiliar w/Park although pass by it on South Grand every Tues (on way to volunteering gig). Best place to enter park to get to Tower? Best place to park car?

    April 3, 2014

    • Tracey

      So does that mean there is no parking in the actual park like Forest Park?

      April 4, 2014

    • Joe

      I don't believe the park has a parking lot. It's a small park. For a particularly nice place to park, pull into Compton Heights (Longfellow) 2 short blocks south of the park, veer to the right, and park along Hawthorne Blvd.

      April 5, 2014

  • Kathy B.

    Change of plans, only time I can look for an apartment. Anyone knows someone who has an apartment for rate on the south side of the time?

    April 5, 2014

    • Kathy B.

      Lol, it was early in the morning when I posted this comment. Correction, anyone know someone who has an apartment for rent on the south side of town?

      April 5, 2014

  • Sue K.

    Kathy,
    Contact Christine at [masked]. She has apts. in Southwest Garden neighborhood.

    1 · April 5, 2014

  • chuck p.

    maybe next time

    April 5, 2014

  • Susan

    So sorry but I won't be able to make it tomorrow. Need to take my dog to the vet. Hope to join you all another time.

    April 4, 2014

  • bev

    Nursing a bad cough these days, cannot join the walk after all.

    April 3, 2014

    • Joe

      There's a lot of that going around. Get well soon, Bev.

      April 4, 2014

    • bev

      Thanks for your kind comment, Joe. Enjoy the walk!

      April 4, 2014

  • Marcie

    I am going to have to work. Really bummed to miss this, especially seeing everybody

    April 4, 2014

  • BILL W.

    Bring your camera... The view is FANTASTIC. And you will learn something about the reservoir that 99+% of St Louisians do NOT know. Bill W.

    2 · March 29, 2014

  • Phoebe

    i m looking forward to it.

    1 · March 28, 2014

  • Ron O.

    Wow, I just learned I've been confirmed! First time since I was 7 (I was raised Catholic). So glad It's legit that I can join you good people. Excited! And happy as Pharrell Williams.

    March 26, 2014

  • Lucy

    Someone can have my spot. I'm in class until noon.

    March 26, 2014

  • Ron O.

    Hey, if you can't go, CANCEL! I wanna go! Not the best start to my joining your meet-up group by being placed on a waiting list. It's not like on the waiting list for a kidney! Is there a limit as to how many can climb the stairs? I'm old (62), but I'm in pretty good shape. Lemme in! I've heard such nice things about your group.

    March 19, 2014

    • Ron O.

      Debbie, thank you for thinking of me when you dropped out of this event. You're obviously a very thoughtful and considerate person.

      March 25, 2014

    • Joe

      The next person on the list automatically gets moved up when somebody drops out. Usually at least a few people drop out before the walk.

      March 25, 2014

  • Don O.

    WOW! another great walk,with the tower as a plus!

    March 16, 2014

    • Ron O.

      A great tower with the walk as a plus!

      March 25, 2014

  • Linda

    Joe, as someone from the waitlist who just got a spot, thanks for being fair and for all you do!

    March 24, 2014

    • Joe

      Thank you Linda!

      March 24, 2014

  • ConnieD

    I didn't think about the steps when I signed up. I don't do steps very well so I won't be attending. Looking forward to the Dogtown walk.

    March 24, 2014

34 went

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Create a Meetup Group and meet new people

Get started Learn more
Henry

I decided to start Reno Motorcycle Riders Group because I wanted to be part of a group of people who enjoyed my passion... I was excited and nervous. Our group has grown by leaps and bounds. I never thought it would be this big.

Henry, started Reno Motorcycle Riders

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy