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Facelift for iconic water tower a reminder of what Milan Miracle means

Photo: Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star
MILAN, Ind. – If it was just a water tower, Milan would have torn it down years ago. Ugly old thing, it hasn’t held actual water in years. Old man Thompson built it in 1924 next to his business, the Milan Furniture Company, to give the fire department something to work with if his shop ever caught fire. In 1954 one of Thompson’s boys, Tommy Thompson, painted it black with white lettering to honor the greatest basketball story ever told, the Milan miracle of 1954:
The furniture company closed years ago, and soon was torn down