Groom, Texas: Leaning Tower of Britten

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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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Leaning Tower of Britten
An intentionally cockeyed Water Tower catches the eye of passersby on Interstate 40. Roadsideamerica.com Report...

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Britten leaning water tower.

Britten Water Tower

The water tower was bought at an auction and was going to be used as the town's actual water tower. However, it never met code. So instead of wasting it, Ralph Britten decided that anyone can have a water tower, but his was going to lean.

He placed the water tower near the family truck stop and restaurant. Although the restaurant and truck stop burned down, you can visit Ralph's grandson at the Auto Shop that is now where the truck stop and restaurant used to be.

This is the true and only story of the leaning Britten Water Tower.

Love, a member of the Ralph Britten Family.

[Melanie Britten, 02/12/2017]

Leaning Water Tower.

Leaning Water Tower

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]

Leaning water tower.

Leaning Water Tower

The water tower seems to be melting in the Texas heat!

[Marcia, 07/18/2011]
Leaning Water Tower

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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