Monday, May 19, 2014

An Old Water Tower

This is in Canton, Texas, home of the famous First Monday Trade Days. I like the vintage charm of this water tower.

Linking to Rubbish Tuesday

116 comments:

Roan said...

We didn't go every month, maybe every other. Seemed like the whole town was a flea market. I don't remember buying much, but loved digging through all the 'stuff'. I remember there was a man who carved with a chain saw. He was one talented guy.

Anvilcloud said...

There's something about water towers.

leofotos said...

A. Beautiful old water barel, shame about the wires.

Buttons said...

Morning Tex oh I love that old water tower, the new ones around here do not have that character. Hug B

DJan said...

You just reminded me that I don't see them much any more, when they were everywhere, it seemed, when I was a kid. :-)

georgettesullins said...

Those water towers are a hoot. I love reading them and looking at the art painted on them. I've never been to Canton...yet.

Debby Ray said...

I do love a good old water tower, myself! This one reminds me of the one in my hometown in Ohio.

Molly The Wally said...

We don't have anything like that over here so we don't understand why they are so high up. Off to Google it and learn something new. Have a marvellous Monday.
Best wishes Molly

Bob Bushell said...

Great tower, could give you a shower, lol.

William Kendall said...

It stands out nicely against that sky!

bj said...

I love water towers and lighthouses...since we have NO WATER MUCH in West Texas, I see only water towers....:)

Kerri Farley said...

Cool!

cobie en bas van Es said...

hij is wel heel mooi.

Tombstone Livestock said...

There are still several towns near me with water towers, I guess I will just have to take my new camera to town more often. The one I really like is in Kingsburg, CA, look it up on the internet, shaped like a giant coffee pot.

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

My daughter has one of these Towers in her town.

Mary said...

We see those in our travels sometimes. So cool.

Team G Square said...

Nice to see a water tower like that. Is it a functional one???

Small City Scenes said...

Water towers are a signature of small towns. When we go to Ritzville on the freeway the first thing we see is their big BLUE water tower. You got some good shots. MB

bailey-road.com said...

Neat old water tower. The one in our community was replaced with a structure that houses the fire department on its lower level.

Irma said...

Beautiful water tower.
Greetings Irma

KaHolly said...

Grat pic!!

Catherine said...

It does take you to a more peaceful setting. Blessings, Catherine

Halcyon said...

I love water towers. This type is so American and small-towny. :)

A View From A Brown Dog said...

Like old barns and rusty things I love water towers... So much character in them. Happy Monday T

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

I like the charm of the tower, too. They don't make them like that anymore.

We have a Trade Lot in town. Every first Saturday, it's quite busy.

Sharon Wagner said...

Yes, windmills and water towers. Objects of beauty.

Stephanie Faris said...

There is definitely something very retro about water towers. Like they're leftover relics from past generations.

don said...

A fine shot of this town's water tower. In the old days pilots used these tower names and names of towns painted on top of roofs to be sure of where they were.

Patty Woodland said...

It looks small compared to modern ones.

Icy BC said...

Water tower has its own charm!
I always try to look for them when on the road.

Pix Under the Oaks said...

Very charming!
Good Morning Tex!

Sylvia K said...

There was one just like this in the little west Texas town where I grew up!! Did bring some memories!!

Debbie said...

distracted by that beautiful sky!!!

pretty pictures!!

Nancy's Notes said...

Love the old town charm look of a water tower! Memories of roadtrips come to mind of yesteryear to see grandparents! Great shots, Tex!

Linda R said...

I Love when we are pulling through a city and see an Old water tower. It just says HOME for some reason.. Great shots my friend.

Happy Monday to you.

Hugs~

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Canton needs to take some pride in their water tower which is really cool with its vintage look as you say. I saw some town water towers that looked as if they got up there and polished them after the paint job. Hmmm...could be a good meme. No, don't say it!

Black Jack's Carol said...

This makes me remember a water tower from the Sunday-Drive days of my youth (Quebec farmland). None around here but I'll be on the lookout.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Old water towers always make me think of that coming of age movie from the 90s, The War. It had an intense water tower scene. I loved that film!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Old water towers always make me think of that coming of age movie from the 90s, The War. It had an intense water tower scene. I loved that film!

Stephen Hayes said...

There was a time when here in Portland I saw many water towers like the one in your pictures, but like so many things they seem to be disappearing.

DeniseinVA said...

Enjoyed the photos. When we were on our road trip across country, we got to also enjoy every water tower we passed by. Some had great artwork on the side, and you always knew the town you were passing or what team they were rooting for :)

Farm Girl said...

I still want to climb a ladder all the way to the top of a water tower. I have always liked water towers too,

Sally Crowe said...

Love these photo's. :)

RedPat said...

Water towers give such a feel of different times!

ladyfi said...

Lovely light blue skies - they make me feel so happy.

DIMI said...

That's a beautiful water tower,Tex!!We don't have them here!Great shots!
Dimi...

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

The view from those towers is pretty awesome, DAMHIK.

I think there is great appeal in the vintage towers; the new one are ugly and lack character.

I have to show this to my son, he's learning to drive and constantly complains when he practices parallel parking. The sign below the tower gives no other option :-)

parker said...

Great shot! We have it's look alike here in Yukon, Ok. I climbed to the top of ours in 1962. Sure seemed like a long ways up!

Cranberry Morning said...

Yep, water towers and windmills. Two of my favorite things. Very nice. Thanks for the reminder to link up with Rubbish by Roan today. I have actual rubbish tomorrow that I'll link up too. :-)

Pom Pom said...

I lived by a water tower when I was a kid. They are pretty amazing in structure and purpose.
When I get homesick, I sign in to Flickr so I can look at my homeland a little bit at a time.
I hope you are having a good day, TexWis!

Furry Bottoms said...

I have water tower right by my neighborhood. I don't think its rustic though, but I'll have to take a picture with super zoom to be sure!

Gail Dixon said...

Those old water towers are really neat. Love the sky in these shots. I went to First Monday once and it was a lot of fun.

Cloudia said...

Small town landmark, nice capture, TeX




Aloha

Fireblossom said...

I guess the famousness didn't make it all the way up here. :-P

June Caedmon said...

Neat tower! I think we drove through Canton on our way back from Nashville last summer. I don't remember the water tower, though.

I thought of you the other day when I was at the SA Botanical Gardens with my mom. There was one, lone whistling duck at the pond. I told my mom about your fun, wonderful pictures! Which reminds me, I need to send her a link to your blog!

Jeanne said...

I love old water towers. I surprises me how many are left.

Karen said...

They add charm to an area.

messymimi said...

We have some old water towers on the drive we make up to the north of the state sometimes. They serve as fabulous mile markers.

FOREST SNAPPER said...

is that tank for storage or to keep a head of pressure in the system ?


peter

Sally in WA said...

It does have a nice vintage feel. :-)

eViL pOp TaRt said...

A beautiful water tower! Is it subject to graffiti by high school seniors?

Terry and Linda said...

It takes me back in time...where I really would like to live!!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife@wordpress.com

Robin Lamb said...

T, great tower! I bet the water was awful!
Sorry, I haven't been around for a bit. Have been a bit under the weather! Better now! I think!

Chandra said...

Makes me wanna watch reruns of F-Troop LOL
Peace :)

SquirrelQueen said...

I love it! It's rare to see ones like that any more.

Montanagirl said...

Those old water towers are pretty cool!

Karen said...

Lovely shots of the tower, we don't see too many old water towers over this neck of the woods any more.

Dianna said...

Neat! We visited a town on Virginia Eastern Shore recently; the water tower is painted like a lighthouse - very creative!

Paula said...

My daughter has been to the trade days a couple of times but I haven't. All the towns around here have a water tower. Guess the best one is Poteet's shaped and decorated like a strawberry.

LV said...

Used to there often, but it got too big and crowded. They do have some neat and different things to sale tho.

Stephanie said...

Great captures! Love those white fluffy clouds.

Our photos said...

Hmm, looks old. Is it still functional ?

Made by KKann said...

Very nice - very american.

sharon said...

Aaah yes, the Vintage Markets of Canton. who can resist!

marilyn said...

It's a beauty!! ...

Primitive Stars said...

Afternoon, love the water tower, so neat, thanksFrancine.

Nancy J said...

Old buildings, fences, barns, or water towers, they have had such a special use in so many people's everyday lives, who knows how many families lined up for water, or was it for fire engines, or the steam trains? Lovely view. Cheers, Jean.

Life happens said...

It's sad that there are not many left like that.

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

The only water tower around here was dismantled years ago, that was a pretty big project! The shape of yours reminds me of Petticoat Junction:@)

Leovi said...

Yes, excellent pictures. I like that tower!

Brian King said...

I like this one! Lots of places have water towers, but most of them aren't that interesting.

A Quiet Corner said...

I have only seen these in the cowboy flicks the Pres watches!!!,...:)JP

Rose said...

I love this old water tower...I guess we should try to photograph every one we see...won't be long till there are none left.

Pamela Gordon said...

That is an oldie. It looks great!

michaelswoodcraft said...

cool water tower, doesn't it make you want to climb it!! :)

Red said...

Interesting to see all the cell thingies on the tower!

Kate said...

An iconic image of years gone by.

Deb said...

great water tower...I wish Canton was like it used to be...I enjoyed the more junkier part...

Raggedy Creations said...

Nice. You don't see many of these anymore. For some reason it reminded me of Petticoat Junction. grin.

Paul said...

Nice find! Not too many of these types around anymore...

Love the graffiti that seems to grow on water reservoirs, a whole other subject for pictures.

edenhills said...

That is great! I love that my town has an old-fashioned water tank like that.

Randy said...

Great looking tower.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

That is an oldie, but goodie! Love those fluffy clouds!

thirtysevenandcounting said...

Water towers are another great subject to photograph. I snap a lot of them on our travels, though most end up pretty blurry! There are definitely some unique ones out there. :)

~Lindy

Elaine said...

Lovely!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Yes it does look like something out of the past. Beautiful blue Texas sky too!

Marit Sønstebø said...

Nice water tower!

Stewart M said...

Nice building - it will be a shame when all these aspects of older landscapes fade away.

I rather like the chicken as well!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Beate said...

I like the vintage charm of that water tower, too. And I love the sky and the clouds in the background! :)

EG CameraGirl said...

Charming indeed!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
That is quite a different shape of water tower! They ought to give it a new lick of paint.
Funny how cities double in various states, Georgia too has a Canton.
Hugs,
Mariette

Amy Burzese said...

Great choice for the "old" theme.

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

It is interesting what some towns do with their water towers, to commemorate an occasion or event. This is history.

Gert said...

I love them too...seems they are few and far between any more.. Great photo!

Gert

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I love when I come across water towers like that. Something about them feels like home......the good old days!

Rita said...

I was just thinking about water towers the other day and how they are like these tall stick men who kind of watch over each city or section of a city to keep it healthy and functioning. They get old, too. ;)

Mandy Southgate said...

Awww, that's not rubbish! I quite like it and imagine I'd take a load of photos of it!

Laura. M said...

Blue and green ... I love these contrasts!!

Helma said...

Very nice to look at the other side of the world to see such an old water tower :-)

Ida said...

I'm guessing it's no longer used as a water storage. We have a couple here in town but I believe some are still in use. They are pretty cool looking.

Wally Jones said...

Evokes images of growing up in a small town.
What I like to call: "Home".

bettyl-NZ said...

Everything that we consider old has such wonderful character. Great tower.

Karen S. said...

I like it too! Minnesota has some really fascinating ones around too!

Pat Tillett said...

I followed the link and wow! I guess if it count be found there, it can't be found.

I wonder how many water towers around the country are now used as cell towers like this one?

Nice photos!

Eva Ason said...

That is a cool water tower.

Lynne said...

Have you ever climbed up a water tower? Looks like fun!
Liked the vintage . . .

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