[Source: Edythe Jensen, Arizona Republic] — Gilbert gave its 1920s-era water tower a $250,000 facelift and puts its image on town documents. Owners of a nearly identical tower in Chandler are giving theirs the heave-ho. The Bogle water tower northeast of Alma School and Chandler Heights roads was erected before 1920 and is slated for demolition by next month, said Chandler Public History Coordinator Jean Reynolds. “This is one of the last remnants of the old town of Goodyear. Sadly, it will soon be gone,” she said.
Neighbors, however, have been complaining about the structure’s peeling paint and the city has no ownership rights, she said. “Though old and rusty, it represents our history,” Reynolds said. Chandler Museum Coordinator Jan Dell said Chandler’s tower is as much a symbol of city history as Gilbert’s, and she is hoping someone launches a preservation effort to stop the demolition. Messages left for members of the Bogle family seeking comment were not returned. The family has farmed in Chandler for more than 75 years, and nearby Bogle Junior High is named for them. [Photo source: Arizona Republic.]