Enjoy the sunset over Bangor tonight from high atop the Thomas Hill Standpipe at the Bangor Water District's Summer Sunset Tour!

If you've never been to the top of the Standpipe, you should really do it sometime. Granted, it's about 100 steps to the top, and they're a bit steep. But there are a couple of places along the way where you can step out of everyone's way in order to catch your breath. And once you get to the top, the views are amazing! On a clear day, you can see all the way to Mt. Katahdin! Plus, it's fun trying to identify buildings and landmarks from a birds-eye view.

The Thomas Hill Standpipe was built in 1897 and is a National Historic Landmark as designated by the Register of Historic Places and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. In addition, it's designated an American Water Landmark by the American Water Works Association. A steel tank is surrounded by a wooden frame that stands 110 feet high. It was originally painted dark gray with white accents, but that was changed to olive drab during World War II. In 1949, the structure was painted white and has been that way since.

The Bangor Water District only opens up the spacious observation deck four times a year, once each season. The winter tour can be chilly, the autumn tour is a beautiful way to view the foliage, and the spring tour always is a welcome way to enjoy the warming temperatures. But the summer tour is extra-special because it's held in the evening, so you can enjoy a breathtaking sunset in a whole new way!

Join us tonight for the Summer Sunset tour, from 5:30 to 9:30! I'll be there at 4:30, signing folks up to win tickets to see Darius Rucker on the Bangor Waterfront Friday night, so be sure to stop by the Q-106.5 table! There's no charge to climb to the top, but children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. And, remember, the Standpipe is not handicapped accessible. I hope to see you there!