Re: The Huge Checkered Top Tanks
Date: September 29, 2010 09:31PM
These were called "gasometers' or "gas holders"..
Used to store gas for household use, and used mainly back in the day when coal was used to produce natural gas for the home..they were able to keep the gas at the same atmospheric pressure as the homes it was supplying, thus making it a pretty effective way to transport natural gas..it must have been pretty nerve wracking though, to think that you have a huge tank of explosive gas in your neighborhood
In the 60's and 70's gas, Peoples Gas Light and Coke began to store in other, safer, and more efficient ways...namely underground...
The gasometers were, and are still used all over the world...
the checkerboard pattern at the top was used for air navigation, and as an alert for low flying aircraft...Peoples Gas and Coke also offered the tops of some of the tanks to be painted with guideposts and landmarks for pilots
the "M-Squad" series has a number of these tank views...there was one a few blocks directly north of the Racine police station, which was used for the headquarters of "M-Squad"....there also was another one in the film "Northside 777 (1948), seen near the Holy Trinity Parish neighborhood, where Jimmy Stewart is searching for "wanda"
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/29/2010 09:35PM by captain54.