Tanks For The Memories

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Tanks For The Memories

O'Fallon Old Water Tower

I read Rose King's blog this morning, and it gave me this idea of what to blog today for the 31 Days of May Challenge and for the Wild Wednesday Group.

When we moved to O'Fallon, Illinois 19 years ago from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan we were greeted by this water tank on State Street, the old main artery to the city. I liked the logo, it was quaint and highlighted the many mature trees we have.  Unfortunately, the logo has been painted over to reflect the many changes in the city.

 O'Fallon Onion Water TowerNew O'Fallon Water Tower

Two onion towers now exist east of the old water tank, plus two more angular looking towers northwest of the city, with a capacity of 1 million gallons each, to accommodate the growing population (now 28,000) in this Midwest town.

Shiloh Water Tower

Just south of O'Fallon, the Village of Shiloh has its own colorful peppermint striped water tower, a cheerful beacon to those who live there and those who can see it for miles. It stands at 145', holds 225,000 gallons of water, and is built on the highest point of Shiloh, Illinois.

  Ketchup Water Bottle in Collinsville, IL

Further north is the famous and prominent World's Largest Catsup Bottle in Collinsville, Illinois at 170' on Illinois 159. No, it doesn't have catsup in it, but an old water tower that is a favorite landmark in our region. It was built by Brooks Foods in 1907, but the catsup plant closed unfortunately, and this tower fell into disrepair for 20 years. Through community spirit and volunteerism, it was lovingly restored and in October 1995, was featured in Midwest Living, winning one of the magazine's 16 Hometown Pride Awards Program.  

 So... water we going to blog about tomorrow?

 

05-18-2011

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Rainmaker
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Steven Wright
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I love the ketchup bottle.  I like to see what different designs water towers have on them.  Some are boring and just have the towns name on them.

May 18, 2011 03:56 PM #1
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Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

Yolanda: You are well on your way to reaching the finish line with the 31 Day Challenge. This in one of your best blogs yet; what wonderful landmarks and smart you took your little camera shot the photos and gave us some great localism information. I bet you never thought you would be blogging about water towers. Pretty soon it will become second nature to snap a photo, rush home and write a blog about something you just saw and wanted to share with the world.

C&C

May 18, 2011 04:07 PM #2
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Liz Lockhart
Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO - Cape Girardeau, MO
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Yolanda~ I don't have photos of them, but I have always loved the twin water towers in St. Clair, Missouri, along I-44. They are labeled

HOT

and

COLD

May 18, 2011 04:34 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Yolanda,

I always thought the old water towers could use a new face lift and seeing is believing! I love the ketchup bottle! It has class and style! Plus what a great reminder to those going shopping, to pick up a bottle of ketchup!

These pictures make me proud to be a native from Illinois!

Patricia

May 19, 2011 04:01 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

I love the catsup one!!! very cool... and, I don't know, water we gonna blog about today?

May 19, 2011 04:55 AM #5
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Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy and evening to you Yolanda

Yolanda,
those sure are some mighty fine looking water towers in you area. We don't have water towers in my area, the town's water comes from a small lake. Do have some mighty fine ones back home in Missouri.

This mighty fine blog post of yours has been Featured in the

Wild Wednesday Group.

White Buffalo

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

May 19, 2011 11:44 AM #6
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Yolanda Hoversten
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties - O'Fallon, IL
Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate

Hi, Steven! I guess the Catsup Water Tower wins hands down... I must admit that it's unique. I like the Shiloh one also because of the color. Our O'Fallon water tower is not as creative. LOL Thanks for your comment!

May 19, 2011 05:03 PM #7
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Yolanda Hoversten
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties - O'Fallon, IL
Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate

Hi, C&C! Yes, it's now only 12 posts to go! I always have my little cameras, but you're right I never thought I'd be blogging about pictures I took. I appreciate you keeping tabs on me... it helps a lot! Thank you!

May 19, 2011 05:05 PM #8
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Yolanda Hoversten
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties - O'Fallon, IL
Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate

Liz, I Googled the HOT and COLD water towers. The St. Clair folks sure have great sense of humor. I admit I laughed out loud when you posted and after I saw the pictures! Thanks for dropping by and bringing it up! LOL

May 19, 2011 05:08 PM #9
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Yolanda Hoversten
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties - O'Fallon, IL
Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate

Hi, Patricia! Where in Illinois were you from? The first time I saw the ketchup bottle was in 1991... before they restored it. It was going to be torn down, but I'm glad they decided to restore it. The family who used to own it provided the original pictures so it can be restored faithfully. Now it's world famous! Thanks for dropping by! :)

May 19, 2011 05:13 PM #10
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Yolanda Hoversten
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties - O'Fallon, IL
Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate

LOL Sheila! I don't know water you're talking about!

May 19, 2011 05:16 PM #11
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Yolanda Hoversten
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties - O'Fallon, IL
Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate

Thank you for the feature, Dale! We're so flat here that we need the water pressure from the towers. There are plenty around, but only some towns paint them creatively. I imagine it's much more expensive to design and paint the different colors while hanging for dear life!

May 19, 2011 05:19 PM #12
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Yolanda, born and raised in the heart of Chicago. Lake Michigan and Lincoln Park Zoo was my playground! Moved to Lake County and ended up in Lake Villa where Grant Woods backed up to my acre of land and home before moving to TX.

Congratulations on being featured for the Wild Wednesday Group.

YOU DESERVE IT YOLANDA!

May 27, 2011 02:41 AM #13
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Yolanda Hoversten
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties - O'Fallon, IL
Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate

You've come a long way, Patricia.  We're closer to St. Louis (25 minutes) than Chicago (4 hours if I drive it LOL).  I have a lot of friends in Texas through AR.  Isn't it great?  Thank you!

May 27, 2011 07:50 AM #14
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