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10 water towers that look good enough to eat

By: Matt Hickman on March 26, 2015, 10:10 a.m.
Peachoid, South Carolina

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Peachoid, South Carolina

The only water tower on this list featured prominently in a Netflix original series, the Peachoid of Gaffney is one of the most lifelike works of fruit-themed architecture in existence.

Situated along Interstate 85, the 135-foot Peachoid — with 12-foot stem, 60-foot leaf weighing 7 tons and guffaw-inducing cleft — was completed in 1981 at a cost of $969,000. The tower’s juicy-looking tank has a capacity of 1 million gallons. New Jersey-based macro-artist Peter Freudenberg oversaw the painting, which called for 50 gallons in over 20 colors.

Home to the South Carolina Peach Festival, the former mill town is at the heart of a declining peach-growing region that once produced more fuzzy-skinned fruit than the entire Peach State itself. Recent bouts of nasty weather have left the Peachoid looking a little less than ripe, prompting the Gaffney Board of Public Works to embark on a $120,000 makeover, including a full repainting. The Peachoid has a younger, smaller sibling that’s been turning heads in Chilton County, Alabama, since 1992.