Spotted Roadside: Water Tower


Somewhere in Virginia (I wasn’t navigating!)

 One thing that I associate with my travels in the midwest and my days living in North Carolina are gigantic water towers, like the one in the picture above. Often times, towns each have their own water towers, which are adorned with the town name or something to that effect. When I moved to Vermont, I noticed a lack of water towers (though there is one on the University of Vermont campus, which is the only one that immediately comes to mind. Anyone else?). So whenever I’m on the road in other parts of the country, it’s a familiar landscape feature – a good landmark for distance and geographic location. Do you like water towers?


9 thoughts on “Spotted Roadside: Water Tower

  1. Mark J says:

    That’s interesting to hear of a place that doesn’t have watertowers. Here in North Dakota – they are essential, and yes, every town has at least one. They are usually taller than the grain elevators and church steeples – so here on the prairie – that’s the first thing you see when approaching from miles away!

  2. jane says:

    we have hills and mountains instead… and often trails with beautiful views up to the reservoirs.
    I enjoy seeing water towers when I travel: they feel like an introduction to the town.

  3. tampatlanta says:

    Water towers are great. Do you feel different about water towers in small rural towns vs. those in big cities? For some reason I feel good when I am in/passing through a small town with a water tower, but when I see them in a larger city I usually equate that to the area being depressed.

    • Kaitlin says:

      Interesting association. I am often surprised to see water towers in cities because they are on top of buildings. I wouldn’t say I associate economics with water towers, but I love seeing them anywhere.

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