WATCH: Barbwire Fence Erected Around Gaffney’s Famous Peachoid Water Tower
The local landmark often likened to a baby’s bottom, will not be the butt of tasteless jokes going forward.
Whether you recognize it from House of Cards, or you’ve experienced it in the flesh (sorry, couldn’t resist!), it seems that everybody’s familiar with the iconic Peachoid water tower in Gaffney, South Carolina.
Thanks to an increase in vandalism, the local landmark often likened to a baby’s bottom, will not be the butt of tasteless jokes going forward.
Earlier this month, the Herald-Journal reported that a black chain-link fence with barbed wire on top was installed around the base of the 135-foot Peachoid on Interstate 85.
Gaffney Board of Public Works General Manager, Donnie Hardin, told the Herald-Journal that recent vandalism acts include people spray-painting and carving letters into the tower’s base. The company who helps maintain the Peachoid—Southern Corrosion—reportedly had to remove graffiti and repair damages at least every other month.
“It’s just sad that we had to do this because of vandalism,” Hardin said. “I told the board we had to do something. People were inscribing their names into the brown part of it. There’s been vandalism on and off ever since it was built.”
The new fence is designed to keep potential vandals away mainly during night hours, which means the public will still have access to the Peachoid during the day. Visitors can park in the new three-space parking lot near the water tower and walk through the gate when it’s unlocked.