Atlanta's smiley face water tower.

Smiley Face Water Tower

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Atlanta, Illinois

Atlanta is a small Illinois town that has put recent effort into promoting itself as a Route 66 destination. In 2003, the town's 150th birthday, Cicero's storied Route 66 Hot Dog Muffler Man moved here to a spot of honor along Main St.

That same year the municipal water tower was repainted, at a cost of $175K -- and updated with canary yellow bulb with black smiley face, the base painted white.

Also see: Face That Launched a Thousand Sips | List: Smiley Water Towers

Smiley Face Water Tower

Address:
South St., Atlanta, IL
Directions:
I-55 exit 140. Drive west on Hwy 25 into town, and continue straight on South St. The Tower will be straight ahead.
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