This week the Thomas Hill Standpipe will open for a summer tour.

The Thomas Hill Standpipe opens for a summertime tour this week. The Standpipe tours give visitors a rare opportunity to climb to the top of the historic structure for a stunning 360-degree view of Bangor and beyond. The summer tour is Wednesday, July 20, from 4-8 P.M.

The tours are free of charge. It should be noted the standpipe is not handicap accessible, with 100 stairs leading to the promenade deck.

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The standpipe was built in 1897 and is designated as a National Historic Landmark by the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. The standpipe's iron water tank holds 1,500,000 gallons of water.

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