Being a hopeless urbanite, I’m fascinated by small town water towers. They serve as landmarks much like a city’s tallest skyscraper might, but also as “welcome” signs, welcoming travelers to many small towns across the country. Thus, our region’s own Florence Y’all water tower just had to be immortalized in a three-color limited-edition serigraph, which debuted at the OTR/Gateway Summer Celebration and is now available in our online shop.
The Florence, Kentucky water tower is an instantly recognizable landmark, even inspiring the naming of the annual Florence festival to the “Florence Y’all” fest. The Florence Y’all Fest takes up four days and covers Main Street with vendor booths. According to Wikipedia, in 1974, the name “Florence Mall” was painted on the water tower to promote the new shopping center. The sign was found to be in violation and, in a stroke of penny-pinching genius, only one letter needed to be changed in order to comply with regulations, and a regional icon was born!
The Florence Y’all water tower is the most notable one I’ve seen thus far, but I took some photos of other water towers on the way to and from Columbus last weekend, to start tracking water tower typology:
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