The Town of Hague is rich in history, and this water tower (yes, water tower) is one of the few of its kind left standing in Saskatchewan. Thanks to the support of the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation, this landmark has been restored unbelievably well and looks sparkling new.
Back when the CNR railroad was being built throughout Saskatchewan, they had to construct water towers along the lines to fill up the locomotives. This particular tower is 54 feet high and could hold about 180,000 litres of water. It needed to be tall so that gravity pressure could be used to quickly fill the locomotives when they came through.
Hague is actually named after J. Hague, an engineer for the CNR Railroad who had worked on the track connecting Saskatoon and Prince Albert.
It’s amazing to have such a well-preserved landmark, so if you have a local restoration project that you would like assistance with, check out saskheritagefoundation.com for application criteria.
Oh, and if you’re visiting this tower, definitely stop by The Lunch Corner across the street!