Fresh Paint Will Renew Old Milan Water Tower

Posted On October 17, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

The old Milan water tower is receiving a much-needed restoration. Photo courtesy Milan ’54 Museum.

(Milan, Ind.) – An important piece of local history is getting a new look.

The Milan water tower gained fame in the movie Hoosiers, in which it was featured as the closing shot of the classic sports film based on the real-life 1954 Milan High School boys basketball team. The rusty old water tower is adorned with “STATE CHAMPS 1954” in big, bold letters which are fading.

Still, folks in Milan take a lot of pride in that water tower and the legendary hoops team it commemorates. Collection jars placed around town have helped raise money to restore the tower.

Recently, the Rising Sun Regional Foundation awarded a $28,452 grant to the Town of Milan for the tower.

Work on restoring the water tower began last week. Leary Construction Company, Inc. will paint the tower black. The “STATE CHAMPS 1954” letters will contract in gold. Those are the Milan High School colors.

Lighting will also be added to illuminate the tower each evening.

The Milan ’54 Museum expects the water tower restoration project to be completed by mid-November.


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