While it did not come from two separate tower locations, “hot and cold running water” was initially advertised as a drawing card in houses, hotels, etc, inside the building. These water towers were part of the cotton compress system in Ruleville, according to City Manager John Downs (“Ruleville adds character to old tower” in the Boliver Commercial, by Emily Peacock, 2011). According to Downs, the “hot” tower was built in 1920 and the “cold” tower in 1921. Downs said only one tower is currently in use, to provide water for sprinklers and fire protection, but is not used for drinking water.
Billy Marlowe, Ruleville Alderman, described the towers before painting as “…rusty and an eyesore” (Peacock, Boliver Commercial). Marlowe reported they wanted to do something “eye-catching” for the towers. Apparently, the hot and cold theme is ubiquitous for side by side water towers. I found images for Garrison, North Dakota, Marion, Virginia, Okemah, Oklahoma, Pratt, Kansas, St. Clair, Missouri, Eveleth, Minnesota, Canton, Kansas, and Granger, Iowa before I decided it was indeed, a very common theme. If you have never seen a set of them and drive into town (any town) where that is what first commands your attention, I guess that would fulfill the goal of “eye-catching.” Mission accomplished, Ruleville.