Crews have removed a 50,000-gallon tank that sat atop an Alamogordo water tower that has served as a landmark for the last 74 years but is now being dismantled for safety reasons.
The Alamogordo Daily News reports that the tank was removed early Friday morning and brought to the ground in several pieces.
The water tank is on the campus of the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
The tower has been deemed structurally unsafe.
Its tank has been empty for at least 50 years.
The interior and middle leg of the tower is so corroded with rust that an engineering firm felt it wasn't safe to venture to the top of the tank.
Information from: Alamogordo Daily News.
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