Luling Water Tower, Texas
You know you’re home when you spot the giant watermelon hovering 154 feet in the sky. That may sound strange, but the 5,600 folks living in the rural Central Texas community of Luling wouldn’t have it any other way.
Although the Luling Chamber of Commerce says the town has “the best BBQ in the USA” (a bold statement right there), the erstwhile oil hotspot along the San Marcos River is perhaps best known for its decorated pump jacks and the Luling Watermelon Thump, a seed-spitting, melon-weighing, queen-crowning hoedown that has been going strong during the last weekend in June for the past 60 years. Luling remains at the center of a thriving commercial watermelon farming industry. Luckily for the local watermelon industry, Luling — aka “The Crossroads to Everywhere” — is home to four converging highways, rendering the water tower one heck of a high-visibility enticement for parched motorists to take a detour in search of a cold, refreshing slice of goodness.