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10 Coolest Water Towers

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Most water towers aren’t exactly a treat for the eyes. They’re basically big clumsy tanks of water set high above the ground, high enough to pressurize a water supply. We gathered a list of some cool water towers you might actually like. 

1. Peachoid, Gaffney, SC

Gaffney is the peach capital of South Carolina, so why shouldn’t they have a big water tower shaped like a peach? Located along Interstate 85, the Peachoid, also known by the locals as Mr. Peach, is 135 feet (45 meters) tall and can hold 1 million gallons of water. The tower became even more famous after it was the focal plot point in an episode of House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey.

2. Brooks Catsup Bottle Water Tower, Collinsville, IL

Claimed to be the largest catsup bottle in the world, this water tower was constructed in 1949 to supply water to the nearby Brooks catsup plant. The idea to design the water tower as a catsup bottle came from Gerhart S. Suppiger—the president of the company. After the plant closed in 1993, the structure was repaired and restored by volunteers.

3. Corn Water Tower, Rochester, MN

This huge water tower is obviously shaped like corn, and is located near the Seneca Foods factory in Rochester, MN.

4. Warner Bros Water Tower, LA

Perhaps not the most unique water tower, nor the biggest one—and it’s not even in use anymore—but the WB water tower is by far the most famous water tower in the world, as well as one of the symbols of Hollywood. You can see this water tower up close and hear all about it in the wonderful Warner Brothers studios tour—one of the top attractions in Los Angeles (along with tours of other studios).

5.  Alcatraz Water Tower, San Francisco

Another normal-looking water tower we normally wouldn’t give a second look, except this water tower is on the mysterious island of Alcatraz! If only water towers could talk. 

6. Leaning Tower of Niles, Niles, IL

This is not the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but a copy—half the size of the original. The replica is in Pisa’s sister city Niles, IL, and is actually a water tower. Built in 1934, this amazing water tower was renovated in 1996.

7. House in the Clouds, Thorpeness, England

This water tower was built in 1923 to receive water pumped from Thorpeness Windmill. In 1979, when there was no longer a need for the water tower, the water tank was removed from the structure and the building became a home with five bedrooms and three bathrooms. A structure that started as a water tower disguised as a house ended up being one. Go figure.

8. Old Lady, Szeged, Hungary 

This beautiful water tower in the city of Szeged, Hungary, is known to locals as the Old Lady.

9. Kuwait City Water Towers, Kuwait City, Kuwait

This group of mushroom-shaped water towers was built in 1979 and is in Kuwait City, the capital of Kuwait.

10. Wasserturm Nord (North water tower), Halle, Germany

This beautiful water tower and city landmark is 54 meters high. It was built between 1897 and 1899.

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