Hoarfrost, a crystalline deposit of frozen water vapor formed on vegetation and surfaces, has recently become a defining characteristic of the Fort Atkinson and surrounding area landscape. The Daily Union was invited Wednesday to capture the effects of the widespread frost from the city’s 1901-built water tower. Following are photographs taken during our visit.
Located at the corner of S. High and Fourth streets, the water tower, which is designated as a local landmark and listed on both the State and National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1901 and remained in use, according to information presented on a nearby kiosk, until 1988. A restoration project, the kiosk further notes, was begun in 2004. Along with donors and supporters of the project, the kiosk offers “special thanks to the city of Fort Atkinson City Manager John Wilmet.” Tours of the tower are available May through October on the first Saturday of the month. Information is available at https://fortpreserves.org.