The day has finally arrived!
We all gathered around (along with a number of locals, who brought lawn chairs) and watched as …
Teepee + Stack + Bowl = Water Tower!
I’d always thought of the pieces as the cone, the cylinder, and the sphere. (Gosh, maybe I never will use what I learned back in geometry class.)
John, our marketing director, is particularly excited by this new water tower. He bustled about, taking photos from all angles. He knows all the water-tower-workmen by name and probably has his own plaster-of-Paris model at home on the mantel.
Must be a guy thing
I looked around and saw mostly male-types with their eyes glued to the teepee/stack/bowl assemblage. We’ve all been so busy, I guess it felt good to stand still for a few minutes and just concentrate on the immense Tinkertoy being fitted together.
Thanks to John, we know the weight of each piece:
- The red “teepee” is 50,000 pounds, which is
- Quite a bit heavier is the 90,000-pound blue “stack”
- No wonder the big yellow “bowl” took a while to glide into place; it weighs 170,000 pounds.
A bit more painting to do.
And more welding.
When you drive into the town of Santa Claus, from any direction, it’ll be fun for the kiddos to scan the horizon, watching for the giant yellow lightbulb in the sky.
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