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150 Foot Tall Peach

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Date Posted:March 27th, 2007
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Description: The Peachoid is the name of a very large water tower in Gaffney, South Carolina, that resembles a peach. The water tower holds one million gallons of water and is located on Interstate 85 between exits 90 & 92 (near The Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway). An example of folly architecture, the Peachoid is one of the most recognizable landmarks on the part of I-85 connecting Charlotte, North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia.

Usually referred to by passing motorists as "The Peach," this four-story (150 feet tall) water tank is visible to travelers on I-85 for several miles before getting abreast of it between exits 90 and 92. A FATZ restaurant is now located just east of the water tower, a prime location for publicity.

The Peachoid was built in 1981 by the Chicago Bridge and Iron Company, of steel and concrete. An overlay stem and leaf were laid across the structure, an enormous "cleft" was created with steel paneling, and Peter Freudenburg, an artist who worked with macro-art, painted the structure to realistically pass for a peach.

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