The November 12, 1957 J-TAC stated:
Rain of Rivets Presents Hazard To Parked Cars – Officials of Tarleton State today asked students and college employees not to park on Lillian Street near the water tower between 8 and 5 p.m. this week since falling rivets are likely to damage the cars. The tower is being torn down and rivets are falling in the area in front of the Dean of Men’s residence.
The 75,000 gallon tank, erected in 1937, is one of the few remaining vestiges of John Tarleton Agricultural College. That name is painted on the side of the tank. Standing 100 feet high, the tower served Tarleton until a larger tank was built.The tank was recently sold to the Mineral Wells Salvage Co. which in turn sold it to A.H. Fields of the Pioneer Contracting Co. in Gladewater. Fields, who is in charge of the salvage crew said the tank will probably be repaired and erected in some small town.