“You + All = Y'all”
In the early 1970s, the developers of the yet-to-be-built mall gave the land for the tower to the city, stipulating that the words "Florence Mall" be painted on it in view of interstate motorists. The tower would thus advertise the mall, which would open in September 1976. Among the solutions offered were repainting the tower or covering the words with a large tarpaulin. With time running out to comply with the law, civil staff met for a brainstorming session at the Stringtown Restaurant with the late C.M. "Hop" Ewing (d.2006), then Mayor of Florence, who "sketched different ideas on a napkin." Ewing ultimately devised the idea of removing the vertical lines at the sides of the M in MALL, adding a stem to make it a Y; becoming Y'ALL. Ewing called it a "corny solution, but cost-effective" because the minor alteration would cost one-third of a full repainting. The city paid $472 to the W.T. Marx Company of Cincinnati, OH, to make the changes.
There are a bunch of water towers in Northern Kentucky but this one stands out the most. It's easily seen when driving on the 71/75.
One of the most iconic landmarks in Kentucky, and a great photo op for travelers. Nice quick stop.
A landmark for Florence, speaks pretty well to the type of "speak" you will hear around this water tower, too. A lot of y'alls
A good laugh while driving down 75, which you need because that highway is usually riddled with cops.
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