Adair, Iowa: Smiley Face Water TowerBulbous, bright yellow municipal water tower of "Ol' Smiley" was erected in 1979. It's the happy town ambassador, where the slogan once was, "Adair: It'll make you smile!" Only town in America with a smile face water tower and a monument for Jesse James.
Visitor Tips and News About Smiley Face Water Tower
After a long absence, I am proud to announce that the Smiley Face Water Tower bank souvenirs are once again in production. The Casey's store directly off I-80 at Exit 76 will soon be carrying these banks for purchase.
So fret no longer I-80 road warriors, you will again be able to take a small piece of our community home with you![Livia Fisher, 10/07/2007]
On a recent stop at Adair I noticed the Budget Inn sign shown in your review no longer displays the smiley faced water tower. I was not able to find the cool tower bank that you show either. Bummed too as I wanted to pick one up for my friend who goes around the country photographing the old riveted "cone" towers but will not take a picture of a Q-tip tower regardless of what is on it. I looked in both gas stations near the Budget Inn, both had a section of Iowa souvenirs but no luck, they never even heard of the thing so either they are no longer available or they must be purchased in town.
I was there too late in the evening so everything was closed. However the loss of the Budget Inn sign can be balanced by the city of Adair flag that fittingly is yellow and boasts the water tower. The picture I attach is of this flag posted on a window downtown. Maybe these are the only smiley faced souvenirs now available in Adair?[Richard Weiss, 11/23/2006]
We recall buying our Smiley Face Water Tower bank in downtown, but perhaps they didn't sell enough to make it worth restocking....