By the way, in case you didn't know their function is to pressurize a local water system using gravity.
This baseball water tower is found in Zebulon, NC. I'm not really sure what the inspiration is, but I am guessing that somewhere in Zebulon there is a baseball team of some sort.
I include this water tower from Gwinnett, GA, not for how impressive it is, but how unimpressive it is. "Gwinnett is Great" has to be one of the most half-hearted civic statements of all time. Let's not forget that Gwinnett is named after a semi-great man.
This water tower in Andy Griffith's home town of Mt. Airy, NC depicts the iconic opening of "The Andy Griffith Show". That is if you can see it through all these damn power lines.
This water tower painted to look like a basket of apples can be found in Mt. Jackson, VA. I like how I got the moon in this pictures.
This water tank in Savannah, GA is painted to look like plant earth and its pretty awesome. An interesting easter egg is the fact that the it depicts a giant hurricane headed right towards Savannah (upper right hand corner). As cool as it is, the old version was even cooler as it was painted as a globe. The globe can be seen in its original form in the Ben Affleck film "Forces of Nature."
This tower, shaped like a bottle of bourbon celebrates Kentucky's bourbon industry. One can only assume that it contains actual bourbon.
This beloved Water tower in Florence, KY actually came about as a legal loop-hole. The tower originally said "Florence Mall". Someone pointed out that it was illegal to advertize private businesses on a public structures. The town didn't want to repaint the whole thing so they did a quick fix and changed "Mall" to "Y'all". The thing is that people loved the change and the tower has since become iconic.
This whimsical hot-air-balloon shaped water tower is found off the freeway in Wytheville, VA. What I found most amusing is that truckers refer to this tower as "The Doorknob to Hell".
And we end with the legendary "Peachoid", which is easily the most well known and most impressive water tower in all of the South. Found in Gaffney, GA the water tower has been connected to some controversy with some saying it is too distracting to the drivers on the road, while others say it looks like a giant ass. I should also mention that I am not at all bitter about the fact that I licensed this image to be used in the show "House of Cards", but they ended up using someone else's pictures. Oh, well, their loss.
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