Murdo Girl…A crown, water tower, bunny rabbit, doll, and stuffed animal collection presentation

I have a lot of writing projects going on right now, so please forgive me if I put a bunny picture in the middle of a blog about water towers, or write a poem that doesn’t rhyme. Angels fit in anywhere, so it’s okay if one finds it’s way to a blog about The Brick House. I have the second Angel story almost ready, but I’m waiting for a photograph.

It was both heartwarming and gratifying for the family of Pete Swinson and me to read all the touching comments and to know so many of you shared the Swinson family’s Angel experience with your friends. The “Only time will tell” story touched many hearts. I know it made me look back over my life and see that I’ve always had an Angel watching over me. That gives me a feeling of calmness or serenity.

Since my Angel story isn’t ready, I will share a few new water towers that have been added to my collection. I really have so many to thank for helping me out. It’s fun to see them coming in from all over, and know that Murdo Girl readers are seeing water towers in a whole new light.


Wasser Halter

New Ulm, Minnesota…submitted by Karen Lindquist

Wasser Halter means water holder in German, so I thought it would be a clever name for this tower which looms above three layers of atmosphere. There’s not much else to say about it other than it resides in New Ulm, Minnesota. Their city slogan is “Germans have more fun.” I guess that’s a good thing if you like bratwurst and sauerkraut. I looked for some interesting and telling pictures. This is a photograph of a putting green at the country club. It kind of makes it’s own statement doesn’t it?



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Vermillion, SD…submitted by Rob Edwards

This winter eye catcher was built in 2004. It came with a price tag of 1.2 million smackeroos..hence the name. My research uncovered a little bit of a scandal. It seems the city fathers and mothers wanted to have the Vermillion logo painted on it, and the college people wanted the college logo. Since it sits beside the college stadium, the city mothers and fathers said that was enough recognition for the University. They further argued that the water was for everyone. Not just the college. Then someone spoke up and said it was going to cost another 10 grand to paint the logo, so they decided to have the school pay to have their logo on one side and the city would paint their logo on the other side. It was close to press time and I had to stop delving into this towers shaded past. I can only see one side in the picture, which is in fact, the City of Vermillion Logo. Anybody know what it is? (photo below) It looks like a riverboat to me.




Plum Proud

Submitted by…Karen, Kim, and Tammy ..I call them the Lindquist girls

This piece is already one of my favorites in the collection, and no matter how many or how high the offers to sell get, I will never part with it. That would be like disrespecting the memory of Mrs. Parks, who read all of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books to us when I was in the 3rd grade. I even wrote about it in my, “maybe to be published” tell all about growing up in Murdo. Laura and her family lived in Walnut Grove on the Banks of Plum Creek. It even says it on the Water Tower. Of course, the girls didn’t capture the base of it, so we really don’t know what it sits on. I wonder if that will effect the value? Oh well, it will always have sentimental value to me. Thank you girls for thinking of your old babysitter on your recent girls trip. Did you see the dugout? Any pics of that? Guess they left.

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Kim, Karen, Tammy and Mrs. Park’s third grade class. I’m sure their little heads are full of stories from “The Little House on the Prairie.”


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“Get ready, get set for your ears to flop, cause we’re gonna do the Beasterhop hop”

4 thoughts on “Murdo Girl…A crown, water tower, bunny rabbit, doll, and stuffed animal collection presentation

  1. scoper07 March 21, 2017 / 9:30 pm

    You are getting some really nice water towers for your collection Murdo Girl. Your readers and followers have responded wonderfully. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Mary Francis McNinch March 21, 2017 / 9:45 pm

      Aren’t they fun? I had no idea how fun water towers could be 07..You helped a lot!!


      • scoper07 March 21, 2017 / 9:54 pm

        It was a wonderful idea you had. A piece of Americana.


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