Groom, Texas: Leaning Water Tower

An intentionally cockeyed Water Tower catches the eye of passersby on Interstate 40.
Address:
Route 66, Groom, TX
Directions:
I-40 exit 114. North side of the freeway. There is a place to pull in and turn around off of the access road, but the gate is locked.
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Easy to get to. It's right off of the highway, before you see the gas stations, and there is a gravel road to park on.

[Lisa Gorog, 09/10/2012]
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The water tower seems to be melting in the Texas heat!

[Marcia, 07/18/2011]
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A previous tipster indicated the tower is leaning 45 degrees! It is actually leaning only 10 degrees. If you look closely, the center of mass is located directly above the two buried red legs. The white center water pipe is merely serving as the third leg of a tripod. It's a trick often taught in the first year of architecture school. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is still standing for the same reason.

Human eyes always overestimate an object's lean angle.

[Mach Stringfellow, 05/06/2010]
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The leaning water tower displaying the words "Britten USA" has nothing at all to do with Britains living in the area. The Britten family is a huge ranching and farming family in the area. There once was a truck stop and restaurant which is now gone, but they have recently opened up a auto & truck service station which stands just west of the leaning water tower. (I believe it has opened in the last two weeks actually). To my knowledge, the tower was never a working tower at that location. I live in the area and know many of the Britten family members.

[Talese, 05/04/2010]
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I dated a "Brittain" from Groom so this is the real story: The man that put the Leaning Water Tower there did so on a bet that he couldn't get it to stay up leaning like that. Obviously he did and he won the bet. He painted his last name on the tower before putting it up and it really should be called Brittain USA because the whole town is practically made up of Brittains.

Now ya know.

[Jessica Batetes, 02/22/2006]

Photo added November 2007.

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