Touching up the Peachoid.

Peachoid Water Tower

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Gaffney, South Carolina

It's rumored that in the early '90's, civic authorities ordered the Peachoid water tower repainted so it would look less like a big butt -- reducing rubbernecking fatalities on nearby I-85. It may be safer today, but from the right angle, the one-million gallon watersphere STILL looks like a bright orange butt.

The Peachoid (known locally as The Peach) was commissioned to be built in 1980-81 by the Gaffney Board of Public Works, and contractors took five months to design and mold the steel. A seven ton, 60-feet long leaf was applied to one side. A New Jersey artist, Peter Freudenberg, painted the sphere after studying local peaches for many hours. It took fifty gallons of paint in twenty colors.

According to official literature, the Peachoid boldly "sets the record straight about which state is the biggest peach producer in the South. Contrary to popular belief, it is NOT Georgia."

Also see: Clanton, AL Peach Water Tower

Peachoid Water Tower

Address:
Peachoid Rd., Gaffney, SC
Directions:
North side of I-85 between exits 90 and 92; a service road runs between the two exits. A small parking lot and is at the base.
Phone:
864-488-8800
RA Rates:
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