Built in 1897 and now listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the Thomas Hill Standpipe stands tall as it watches over my hometown of Bangor, Maine. You can see the big white beacon from just about anywhere in town, and its unique shape and structure make for an interesting photographic subject. Distinct with its white cedar shingle siding and black cap, the 110 ft tall standpipe is still used to help regulate Bangor’s water pressure in the downtown area and to store water in case of a major fire. Although the standpipe is no longer open year-round, the Bangor Water District opens the doors four times per year (once every season), and at that time you can climb the one hundred stairs to take in the impressive view. I’ve yet to make it to the top of this striking local landmark, but perhaps I should add that to my list of things to do.