The Peachoid water tank is located in Gaffney, South Carolina on Interstate 85 near the exit for S.C. Highway 11 the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway. The Board of Public Works in Gaffney built the elevated water storage tank in the shape of a peach in 1981.
It began late one night when the staff of the Gaffney Board of Public Works was working way too late. A water study had pointed out that the town needed a new elevated water storage tank and the staff was wondering over ways to get Uncle Sam to pay for it.The "Peachiod King" Mr. Jack Millwood, who at the time was Board Member, said the immortal words that inspired a town, "Let's build it in the shape of a Peach !" Slowly the idea grew and captured the imagination of the Board members and denizens of the town. Soon, the project started coming together. Federal funds were acquired from the Appalachian Regional Commission and the South Carolina Appalachian Council of Governments.
Who Built The Peachoid?
Bids for construction were floated and the winner was the Chicago Bridge & Iron Company.
How long Did it Take To Build?
It took five months to design and mold the steel for the project. A foundation containing 10 million pounds of concrete had to be poured. One and one half miles of welds had to be made, requiring that welding rods had to be delivered to the site by the ton. A stem 12 feet long and 18 inches in diameter was added to the top. A huge leaf, 60 feet long, 16 feet wide, and weighing 7 tons was applied to one side. A huge cleft along the entire height of the "peach" was created through false work steel paneling applied to the sphere of the tank. A nipple was added to the bottom of the tank to complete the construction of Gaffney's new Water Tower.
Who Put The Finishing Touches on The Peachoid?
CB&I's crews painted the basic tank stem brown and the ball yellow, and the leaf green then Peter Freudenburg, an artist specializing in super-graphics, was hired to paint the tank in colors matching the types of peaches grown in the area. It took fifty gallons of paint, combined to make more than 20 colors, used in the final project. At last Peachoid was complete.