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By: Matt Hickman on March 26, 2015, 10:10 a.m.
Lindstrom Water Tower, Minnesota

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Lindstrom Water Tower, Minnesota

Though most dolled-up water towers celebrate agricultural roots, one found in Lindstrom, Minnesota, stands as a playful tribute to the town's well-caffeinated cultural heritage.

Situated along state Route 8 just northeast of Minneapolis, Lindstrom (population: 4,400) is affectionately referred to as “America’s Little Sweden.” The town is mighty proud of its Swedish beginnings as evidenced in municipal signage, statuary and a downtown water tower that takes the form of an oversized coffee pot. It reads in flowery script: “Valkommen till Lindstrom” — welcome to Lindstrom. Built in the early 1900s, the water tower is no longer functional — a larger, modern municipal water tower was erected in the 1990s — but it was preserved through funding by Marlene Messin, a local plastics CEO. Messin explained that its whimsical transformation into a coffee pot was a nod to the coffee-guzzling habits of Swedes.

Two other towns founded by Swedish immigrants, Stanton, Iowa, and Kingsburg, California, are also home to coffee pot water towers, the latter town also being home to the world’s largest box of raisins