The Water Tower (continued)
Mid-Continent's water tower might be considered a typical wooden tower from the early 20th century. Most wooden towers featured a wooden support structure below the tank, however Mid-Continent's features a more durable steel frame base. The tower tank was originally constructed by the Milwaukee Road and used at Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. It was moved to North Freedom in 1972. The museum built the steel support framework from scratch. The tank is supplied from a 2" pipe that is fed river water from a pump at the enginehouse. The water tower is normally used at special events only because of the higher demand, and because the river water is not of as high a quality as that at Quartzite Lake. (Mid-Continent's steam trains traditionally take water at Quartzite Lake at the end of the line).