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Thomas Hill Standpipe Holds Spring Opening

BANGOR - It might not have been the best weather for sightseeing Wednesday, but that sure didn't stop people from making a climb in Bangor.
It takes 100 steps to reach the top of Thomas Hill Standpipe, built in 1897.
But once you're there, you can get a 360 degree view of the Bangor area.
Individuals, groups, families, from here and away -- all take in the amazing view.
"This is one of the best places to see the changes of the city from up here. I like how it's open four times a year for the various seasons. So it gives you a different aspect every time you come up here, rather than one simple view of Bangor all the time," Sam Thomas, a visitor today says.
"People of the city and surrounding areas really like the Standpipe in the sense that it's the focal point of the city. It's the 'Crown Jewel' of the city. So we try to take care of it, and give them the opportunity to tour and enjoy it," Assistant Engineer of the Bangor Water District, Richard Phillips says.
If you missed today's tour, the next opportunity will be July 24th during the Summer opening.
Shortly following that date, the Standpipe will undergo a new paint job.
The historic landmark receives a new makeover every six years or so due to the weather here in Maine.

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