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10 water towers that look good enough to eat

By: Matt Hickman on March 26, 2015, 10:10 a.m.
Circleville Water Tower, Ohio

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Circleville Water Tower, Ohio

A 30-minute drive along U.S. 23 from Columbus, the small city of Circleville refers to itself as “The Best Little Town Around.” Although agriculture long ago gave way to industry (DuPont, GE, et al.) in this bucolic burg, it still embraces its agrarian roots with the Circleville Pumpkin Show. Attracting more than 400,000 gourd groupies during the third week of October, the annual pumpkin show has been going strong since 1903. In addition to weigh-ins, bake-offs and multiple parades, a Miss Pumpkin Show Queen is crowned each year.

So it's no surprise that the town water tower is done up to resemble a rotund orange Cucurbita pepo. Built in 1976, the 1 million gallon reservoir wasn’t transformed into a pumpkin until 1997, an effort that required 1,300 gallons of paint. The stem was “added for authenticity.”