Makanda, Illinois: Smiley Face Water Tower

A yellow smiley face water tower wearing a sporty bow-tie is the friendly mascot of this town.

Address:
Wiley Lane, Makanda, IL
Directions:
On the east side of US Hwy 51, just south of its intersection with Makanda Rd.
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Smiley Face Water Tower.

Smiley Face Water Tower

Found this water tower while driving to a nearby state park.

[Lauren Ashley Ryan, 06/02/2012]

Smiley Face Water Tower.

Smiley Face Water Tower

The Makanda Water Tower [one of the Smiley Face Water Towers] has been repainted with a bow tie being added to the smiley face. The bow tie is in memory of Senator Paul Simon, a life long resident of Makanda.

[Sue Henry, 08/28/2007]
Dead US Senator Remembered with Smiley Face Water Tower

The Smiley Face water tower in Makanda, Illinois, underwent a recent facelift that included a salute to the late US Senator Paul Simon, who hailed from that town. The Buncombe Public Water District commemorated Simon by painting one of his signature bow ties under the grin, according to the Southern Illinoisan.

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[11/08/2004] Complete News Story


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