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MILLSTADT, IL (KTVI) – It’s been a local landmark for one metro east community since 1931 and one of the ten most endangered historic places in Illinois.

Patrick Clark takes us to Millstadt to meet the “tin man” and the band of friends trying to help him get a new coat of paint.

The Millstadt water tower has been a rusting focal point in this rustic folksy town for some time.

The 100,000-gallon steel tank was built in 1931, but taken out of service in recent years after a newer water tower was built nearby.

There are only seven left in Illinois.

A group of concerned citizens set off on their yellow brick road to catch up with Collinsville and the work that was done to save their Catsup Bottle.

Friends of the old Millstadt water tower have five years to come up with an estimated $200,000 to repaint the tower.

A fundraising car show was recently held and a half marathon and 5k race is set for June 4th under the old water tower to help raise funds for the project.