Thursday, March 29, 2012
Last post was a mystery place. And congrats to our friend Beryl who guessed it was the Lt. Governors House. the lane down the side of it.
If you grew up in Victoria in the 60s you would have seen this tower. It could be seen from many parts of Victoria or Saanich and was known as "The Candle". It had a neon light on top in the shape of a flame. It was some kind of water tower and I'm not sure when it stopped having the light on it. But here are a couple of pics of it. enjoy
Here is some info I found on the internet about the tower
Water Tower, Laurel Lane 1909
The 128-foot water tower was built by contractor Henry Kaiser. In 1962, to commemorate the centenary of Victoria, the tower was topped by a 22-foot tall neon flame, which burned for over 25 years. The tower has a capacity of 93,000 gallons but has been empty for several years. Unfortunately it is not possible to get all the way to the tower as it is surrounded by private property -- please respect the signs in the vicinity.