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Big Peach Water Tower

Clanton, Alabama

The second-tallest water tower shaped like a peach in the American South. 

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In Clanton, Alabama, you’ll find what is known as the “Big Peach:” a giant peach-shaped water tower that has become a well-known symbol of the city. Located just off Interstate I-65 at exit 205, the Big Peach stands tall and is visible from the highway.

The Big Peach was built in 1992 and stands at 120 feet tall. It was originally intended to commemorate Chilton County’s status as the “Peach Capital of Alabama” due to the county’s significant peach production. Clanton, in particular, is known for its peach orchards and the annual Peach Festival, which celebrates the local peach industry.

The water tower is painted with vibrant colors resembling a peach, complete with a stem and leaf on top. It has become a popular tourist attraction and a recognizable landmark for travelers passing through the area. Visitors often stop to take photos with the Big Peach and it has become a symbol that represents Clanton’s agricultural heritage.

If Clanton’s Big Peach looks familiar, that might be because of its resemblance to the Gaffney Peachoid in South Carolina. Both of these sizeable stonefruits were built by the Chicago Bridge and Iron Co. Clanton’s tower is slightly smaller than its South Carolina cousin; It stands about 15 feet shorter and with a capacity of 500,000 gallons, it holds about half as much water.

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