YBA proposal to restore Yelm’s water tower receives Washington Heritage Register consideration


Yelm water tower engineer’s original sketch
Courtesy: Steve Craig



* Yelm’s water tower up for nomination to the Washington Heritage Register.
* The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation considers if an official historic landmark.
* Review to be held June 27, Coulee Dam City Hall, Grant County, WA.



– The Yelm Water Tower Historic Preservation Project was initiated by the YBA Board
Yelm’s water tower now in first step towards Historic Landmark designation.
Yelm’s water tower will be eligible for state funding of renovations if approved to be added to the list of Washington’s Historic Landmarks.

The Yelm Water Tower Historic Preservation Project was initiated by the Board of the Yelm Business Assn. (YBA), who concluded a separate non-profit entity was necessary to move forward. YBA Vice President Steve Craig resigned from the organization to pursue and form an exploratory committee of local leaders to accomplish this task, which the YBA endorses and supports.

Craig began the process of obtaining 501(c)3 non-profit status to accept public donations and be in a position to utilize additional fundraising opportunities by forming an exploratory committee under the name “Save the Yelm Water Tower.” Members of this group have met twice, which is comprised of Craig, Barrie Wilcox, Margaret Clapp, Beverly Vines-Haines, EJ Curry, Tim Larsen and Steve Klein.

YBA President Cynthia Schmier said this, “Congratulations to Steve Craig and the Save the Yelm Water Tower Committee. The YBA Board acknowledges the committee for their efforts and achievement in the preservation of a Yelm treasure.”


– Update: June 22, 2017
“‘Tin Man’ Up for Historic Landmark Designation”
“Yelm Water Tower’s Nomination Goes Before State Advisory Council”
By Andrew Kollar, Nisqually Valley News.
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– UPDATE: June 29, 2017
“The ‘Tin Man’ gets landmark status”
Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) referenced in story.
By Lisa Pemberton, The Olympian.
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