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Monday, December 9, 2013

Dixie Cup Water Tower

Dixie Cup Water Tower

The Dixie Company, the best known maker of the 3 oz. paper bathroom cup, moved to this location in Lexington, KY in 1958. Thus, it would make sense that the water tower for their manufacturing facility would be made out of an over-sized Dixie Cup. However, I suspect it's not really an actual Dixie cup, or it would have started leaking in 1959.

As the story goes, when Georgia Pacific purchased Dixie, they wanted to remove their local landmark. However, the nearby airport asked them to keep it standing as the pilots used the landmark as a point of reference. Besides, where are you going to find a bathroom wastebasket big enough to throw it away in?

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