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10 water towers that look good enough to eat

By: Matt Hickman on March 26, 2015, 10:10 a.m.
Tulare Water Tower, California

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Tulare Water Tower, California

Tulare’s got milk … and then some. If you didn’t get the message via its municipal water tower, dairy rules supreme in Tulare, a quaint California community in the heart of the second largest agricultural commodity producing county in the U.S. This, folks, is the butter-slathered dinner roll of America’s breadbasket.

One would be inclined to think that Tulare’s water tower, dressed up to resemble a frothy glass of milk and accented with a striped bendy straw, is actually filled with a few thousand gallons of 2 percent. Alas, it’s just water. The hard-to-miss milk monument can be found adjacent to Tulare Union High School, about a five-minute drive from another dairy-saluting local landmark: the recently restored cow and milkmaid statue. An ag tourism hotspot that’s home to the International Agri-Center, Tulare is a town with top employers whose names that might be familiar to those who enjoy dairy: Land O’ Lakes, Kraft and Dreyers.