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Stanton, Iowa: Coffee Pot and Cup Water Towers Team Field Report

Thorn Ave., Stanton, IA
From US Hwy 34 turn south onto Hwy 120 and drive into downtown. Turn left onto Thorn St. Drive east three blocks. You'll see the Coffee Pot on the left.
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Coffee Pot and Cup Water Towers

Stanton proudly rehydrates from two water towers, a Swedish coffee pot and a cup. In 2015 the pot was removed from its tower and mounted on the ground as a giant photo-op -- a must-see for caffeine junkies. Report...

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Coffee Pot Water Tower

According to the Des Moines Register, Stanton's famous Swedish coffee pot water tower -- the pot part, anyway -- will be moved three blocks to the grounds of the Stanton Historical Society in late fall or early winter of this year. The city can't afford to keep the quaint pot on its old tower, which would need $450,000 in repairs. The good news is that the city's newer water tower, which was fashioned to resemble a coffee cup, will remain in service.

[Sandy Wilder, 05/06/2014]

It's your last summer to see both the pot and cup on their towers; make your travel plans accordingly.

Coffee Cup Water Tower.

World's largest Swedish coffee pot and cup

Stanton, Iowa, birthplace of Virginia Christine, "Mrs. Olson" of Folgers coffee commercials. They have completed their new water tower, in the shape of a Swedish coffee cup. Interesting that this town is known as the "Little White City", where every house is painted white. Locals say that when non-conformists left on vacation, they'd return to find their houses painted white. Very friendly folks here. Good lunch at Susie's.

[Tony, 11/05/2000]
World's Largest Coffee Pot and Cup

The coffee pot water tower in Stanton, IA, is being supplemented by a coffee cup water tower. The coffee pot, a tribute to the longtime spokeswoman for Folger's Coffee, no longer worked and had to be replaced. Instead of tearing it down, locals decided to add a coffee cup. People should notice the change this fall.

Also, watch for the opening of the Anamosa State Penitentiary museum in Anamosa Iowa next summer.

[Jay Wagner, 08/24/2000]

Stanton sign.

World's Largest Coffee Pot

Stanton - "The World's Largest Coffee Pot" is actually in Stanton, Iowa, about seven or eight miles east of Red Oak. It features prominently on the front of their tourist brochure.

"One of Stanton's famous daughters is Hollywood screen star and TV commercial personality, Virginia Christine. She is well known nationally as the kindly Swedish lady, Mrs. Olson, who serves a good cup of coffee, "the MOUNTAIN GROWN KIND."

I guess Folger's couldn't come up with the product placement bucks.

[Craig Thom, 10/18/1998]

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