2008-01-23 / LifeStyles

Backcountry roads reveal the heartlands of America

Gaffney's Peachoid is spotlighted in American Road winter issue
By JOE L. HUGHES II Ledger Staff Writer joe@gaffneyledger.com

Ledger Photo / JOE L. HUGHES II Gaffney's famous landmark, the Peachoid, is featured as one of the many unique attractions along the backroads of America in the winter issue of the nationally distributed publication, American Road. Ledger Photo / JOE L. HUGHES II Gaffney's famous landmark, the Peachoid, is featured as one of the many unique attractions along the backroads of America in the winter issue of the nationally distributed publication, American Road. The Gaffney Peachoid has for more than 35 years stood high above the Cherokee County skyline as a salute to the state's thriving peach industry, becoming one of the more popular attractions for motorists travelling Interstate 85.

Already hailed by some South Carolina tourism experts as "the most photographed water tank in America," the structure could soon be the target of many more flash bulbs after being chosen as a feature piece in the nationally distributed magazine, American Road.

The magazine devoted three pages to the municipal water tower in its winter edition, chronicling the history of the 150-foot water tower and its rise to fame as one of the Upstate's crown attractions.

"A stunning nimbus of orange, yellow and magenta that hovers above the tree line like some moon that has strayed from its orbit, the Peachoid is incredibly surreal," Robert Klara, a writer for American Road, said in the article.

Included in the article are mentions of similarly unique water towers in Collinsville, Ill. (the World's Largest Catsup Bottle), and the enormous pineapple found at the Dole juice plant in Honolulu. Also in the article is a picture of a water tower constructed in Clanton, Ala., modeled after the Peachoid.

"The Peachoid is very unique, especially when another town asks for builders to create a similar structure," Becky Repp of American Road, said.

Along with the Peachoid, articles on the bathhouses found in Hot Springs, Ark., and perfect places in California to take your date are found in the winter issue. The cover photo features giant concrete frogs found on a bridge in Windham, Conn.

American Road is a quarterly publication highlighting people, places and things found around the nation- particularly its two-lane highways. On staff for the magazine are a slew of editors and writers whose sole goal is to locate "things not found everyday on the other side of your window."

"It is not everyday that you are riding down the backroads of America and you see a giant peach on the other side," Repp said. "It is all about finding something that most readers across the country have never seen or heard about."

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