Water Towers of the South

Water Towers of the South

As I travel around the southeastern United States with my cameras I find it interesting to check out and photograph unusual municipal (and other) water towers. These fixtures’ designs often have a lot to say about the town where they are located.

Here are a few of those that I find most artistic and interesting.

I’ll start off with one that is most unique! Gaffney, South Carolina is less than 200 miles from the Georgia line. Gaffney takes much pride in their locally grown peaches and I think this is their signal to Georgians that they feel Gaffney peaches are superior.

Gaffney’s World Famous “Peachoid”

The “Peachoid” water tank is located in Gaffney, South Carolina on Interstate 85, and can be seen for miles.

Another favorite is right here in Florida in the town of Plant City. Plant City claims to be the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World and celebrates with an annual festival. The municipal water tower is a bulbous design painted to resemble a huge strawberry. Interestingly, Plant City was not named for its strawberry plants. The city was named after prominent railroad developer Henry B. Plant.

Folkston, Georgia, “Gateway To the Okefenokee” water tower, celebrates their famous nearby swamp.

Not far away from Folkston is Waycross, Georgia, that also borders the Okefenokee swamp. Pogo Possum, born in 1943 from the imagination of Walt Kelly welcomes visitors to Waycross. In 1987, Selby Kelly granted the City of Waycross permission to adopt Pogo as it’s goodwill ambassador.

Wilson, North Carolina’s water tower is an attractive addition to their skyline.

Zebulon North Carolina Water Tower, towers over Five County Stadium, Zebulon, North Carolina, home of the Carolina Mud Cats, Carolina League affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. (“Mudcats” is Southern slang for catfish.)

Lakeland, Florida, is the home of Publix Supermarkets. Publix supermarkets do a lot of the preparation of their products that are delivered to their stores throughout the southeast in their facilities in Lakeland, Florida. This water tower designed to look like a birthday cake sits across the highway from their baked-goods factory in Lakeland. I’ve heard that the cake’s candles are lighted after dark. However, I haven’t been nearby at night.

Lucky Strike Water Tower is erected above the American Tobacco District, Durham, North Carolina. The district is now an entertainment center.

NEW Addition:

I finally got a few minutes to stop by my hometown since 1970’s water tower to shoot a couple of photos of it. Here is one-

Jacksonville Beach (Jax Beach,) Florida Water Tower. Note the letter ‘A’ in the shape of a lifeguard chair.

I have more of my water-tank photos on MY PHOTO SITE.

I’d love it if you took a look!

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“The Way It Was: September 2012” from Bob Stockton

My former Navy shipmate and long-time friend, Bob Stockton, sent me an email describing his feelings regarding the state of Major League Baseball in our country today and how things have changed over the years. It reads so well, that I thought I should share it with you.

First, a little background about Bob: He and I both served in the United States Navy during the late 1950’s through the late 1970’s. We were both Chief Petty Officers and served aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) at the ends of our careers. Bob is an excellent writer and has published about a dozen books. I’ve read and enjoyed them all. You can check out his website at Bobsbooksite.com.

Growing up outside of Philadelphia, Bob is a lifetime Phillies fan. Growing up outside of Boston, I am a lifetime Red Sox fan. We have had frequent bets (who buys lunch) on the outcome of Phillies-Red Sox games over the years since Major League Baseball has added inter-league play. I was surprised to read that he has migrated from the Phillies to the Baltimore Orioles. Of course, the Orioles and the Red Sox are not only in the same league, but the same division so they play each other frequently. I completely agree with Bob’s statement that Gary Thorne, a New Englander by birth, is the best in the business!

Here is Bob’s email:

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Rather than watch the Phillies awkwardly stumble toward the finish line I have begun to watch the Baltimore Orioles who are making their first serious postseason bid since 1997. The Orioles play by play television announcer, Gary Thorne is in my view the best announcer in the game today. He is knowledgeable, erudite and has a wicked sense of humor. Thorne keeps the viewer in the game at all times and is also paired from time to time with Jim Palmer, the Hall of Fame Orioles pitcher who brings a vast knowledge of the game to the booth and complements Thorne’s narrative nicely.

The two men obviously have a mutual respect for one another and seem to genuinely like one another as well. Palmer now states that his wife “is again interested in baseball,” which cracks Thorne up. Palmer continues with an imitation of the telephone calls from his wife; “What’s the score? Who’s at bat”, and so on.

Thorne meanwhile can hardly maintain his composure, laughing at Palmer’s faux imitation of his wife’s constant calls. Is he the patient husband of a baseball wife who pretends interest when the team is winning but affects complete disregard for the rather strange and mysterious career that her famous husband has chosen when the Orioles are less than stellar? Whatever the answer to the between inning exchange – or is it a monologue? – during the late stages of a laugher with the Red Sox it is funny, the kind of humor that is usually on display when the two get together for the MASN broadcast. Palmer, who was well known for his verbal jousts with legendary Baltimore manager Earl Weaver will often times relate one of those delightful baseball anecdotes that are all too infrequent in today’s Bud Selig manipulated game (I suppose that millionaire players and their entourage of agents with briefcases are too self important to see any humor in the game).

The reflections that Palmer shares are priceless! Weaver, the minor league catcher with the brilliant baseball mind was notorious for his umpire baiting and the fans and most players loved it. With his cap turned around catcher style and going nose to nose with the umpire du jour, he’d kick dirt on the ump’s shoes and remark none too demurely on the umpire’s heritage, usually after being ejected from the game. His tenure in Baltimore lasted through three decades and the fans loved just about all of it.

Jim Palmer was not a great fan of Weaver’s antics but you get the feeling that underneath his disdain he respected the man for his commitment to the game. Palmer may in his advancing, no more underwear ads please years, look back on some of Weaver’s quotes with fondness. During a recent broadcast Palmer referred to Weaver’s teams in Baltimore City as “The First Amendment Orioles,” the implication being that players could say whatever they felt and Weaver would retaliate with a devastating quip that would give the player cause – exception Palmer – to think before he uttered any more disparaging remarks about his manager.

Palmer gives us a great case in point: When Orioles pitcher Mike Cuellar who was one of the “Fab Four” Orioles pitchers who won twenty games in the same season – complained loudly to the press about being pulled for a relief pitcher early in a game one season, Weaver’s only response to the press when being questioned about the move simply replied that he had given Cuellar “more chances than his first wife.”

I miss those days. How about you?

I highly recommend that you check out Bob’s books such as “The Blue Collar Blues and Other Stories” and others on Bob’s website to learn about his other writings.

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