Union, New Jersey: World's Tallest Watersphere

An old claim to fame, now neglected, about a distinct form of bulb-topped water tower. The sign that once proudly proclaimed its stature has disappeared. Now bristling with cell tower equipment; maybe it doesn't even hold water any more.
US Hwy 22, Union, NJ
Garden State Pkwy exit 140, southeast side. Drive-by only.
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World's Tallest Watersphere

Not enough for a detour. If you are driving by in the highway, take a look and keep driving. It looks like every other water tower. It doesn't look extra large. [Angie, 01/18/2015]

World's Tallest Watersphere.

World's Tallest Watersphere

Doesn't look all that big really. There is nowhere to stop and take a good look at it. Not very impressed.

[Shannon, 11/19/2014]

Since they removed the sign making the claim, this is mostly of only local historical interest (if that).

Union Watersphere

The best and safest location to photograph the Union Watersphere is at Kawameeh Park, at 701 Thoreau Terrace, which is just south of the Watersphere and just east of the Garden State Parkway.

[Steven F. Scharff, 10/27/2013]

The Union Watersphere is famous as the "World's Tallest Watersphere," and infamous for being in a spot where traffic makes it hazardous to photograph.

World's Tallest Watersphere

I grew up in Union, and we've always just known the World's Tallest Watersphere was there. It wasn't until I was about 17 that I found out it's actually in the Guinness Book of World Records. It's repainted about every 2 years, and right on the side says "World's Tallest Watersphere." It really is cool to see, but do not try to stop on the Garden State Parkway to get a look or take pictures -- it's actually at the junction of two major highways and traffic there is very dangerous.

[Kryss Brotman, 08/13/2006]
World's Tallest Watersphere

Just off the Garden State Parkway's northbound lanes around exit 139, stands "The World's Tallest Watersphere." Always marveled at it as a kid, and there's a big viewable-from-the-highway sign commemorating it, too. Of course, the Parkway at that point is about 30 feet higher than ground level, so to truly appreciate the tower's scope, get off the highway, pull over, and stare up.

[David Wertheimer, 01/10/1997]

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