With respect to previous loggers, I believe that unless you have ventured to the top to verify the existence of the "nail in plank," you can not confirm finding this mark.
Unlike most towers (church spires, broadcast masts, etc.), the mark here is not the top of the tower as sighted from below — the classic intersection station. Rather, it seems to me, it is a point on the top of the standpipe, 180 feet up, which would have to be occupied by surveying equipment for proper use, rather than being observed from a distance.
I frankly have grave doubts that a nail in a wooden plank has survived almost 140 St Louis summers and winters and is still there.
Thanks to Happycycler for the historical information in his log. This is a great piece of infrastructure architecture.
[Photos:]ST LOUIS STANDPIPE (JC1594), Saint Louis, MO
Photographed from the corner of Blair and North Grand, two blocks to the northeast.
In deference to ArtMan, changing log to DNF.
It is still there. St. Louis has some strange looking towers.
This entry was edited by spitoony on Thursday, 21 October 2010 at 18:45:09.
I photographed this water tower / standpipe today. I could see it from several spots along the St. Louis Riverfront bicycle trail. It is in good shape but could use a coat of paint. An average of 4 handheld recreational GPS readings came very near the published location.
QUOTE Described as the only perfect Corinthian column of its size in the world, the Grand (Old White) Water Tower on 20th St and East Grand Ave. was built during the waterworks expansion led by Thomas J. Whitman (brother of poet Walt Whitman) in the years following the Civil War.
The 154-foot tower, designed by architect George I. Barnett, was completed in 1871 at a cost of $45,000. UNQUOTE
http://www.stlwater.com/towers.html for more info.
[Photos:]JC1594 (ST LOUIS STANDPIPE) in St. Louis, MO
JC1594 (ST LOUIS, MO STANDPIPE)
photo taken near the base
looking west at JC1594 (ST LOUIS, MO STANDPIPE)
looking Northwest at JC1594 (ST LOUIS, MO STANDPIPE)
JC1594 and Bissel (New Red) tower
JC1594 is near center of photo Bissel tower is to the right of the photo.