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story.lead_photo.caption Landry Lemmon, 2, the son of James and Kristy Lemmon of Linden, Texas, attends the celebration of the lighting of Linden, Texas' historic 1934 water tower. The $32,000 project was privately funded and was led by the Linden Heritage Foundation. Staff photo by Neil Abeles

Linden's water tower, now awash in light and color when the sun goes down, is literally another bright spot for the city.

The kinetic lighting system allows for multiple changes and styles of light colors upon the tower.

"The water tower is a signature feature in the city already," said Sandra Westbrook Skoog of the Linden Heritage Foundation, which led in the project.

Individual contributors raised the goal funding of $32,000 in just one month.

In late June, the idea of lighting the tower was floated to see how much interest and backing such a proposal had.

At that time, a flip of the switch turned on a partial demonstration, at 17 percent power, of how the lights would look.

Linden's newly lighted 1934 water tower makes an artistic statement in the nighttime over the town square. Notice the little red light at left? That a drone taking pictures for a video feature of the lighting turn-on occasion. The public funded the $32,000 project of lighting the tower to keep the town's signature feature. Staff photo by Neil Abeles

Longview Lights, whose specialty is large-scale lighting, presented the Linden audience with the demonstration.

The company representatives noted the high quality of the LED lights they would use, which would be of the same kind and quality as those lighting buildings of major cities. The company also gave as an example a completed project with Jefferson's older train trestle.

The lights were turned on Saturday with a celebration on the square.

Linden is 40 miles southwest of Texarkana in Cass County.

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