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Peachoid

266 Peachoid Road, Gaffney, South Carolina 29341 USA

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“a four-story Peach water tower!”

The Peachoid is a four-story (150 feet tall) water tower in Gaffney, South Carolina, United States, that resembles a peach. The water tower holds one million gallons of water and is located on Interstate 85 between exits 90 and 92 (near the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway). Usually referred to by passing motorists as "The Peach" or "The Moon over Gaffney." The water tank is visible for several miles around these exits.An example of novelty architecture, the Peachoid is one of the most recognizable landmarks on the part of I-85 connecting Charlotte, North Carolina, and Atlanta, Georgia. A FATZ restaurant is now located just east of the water tower, a prime location for publicity.

The Peachoid was built in 1981 by the Chicago Bridge and Iron Company, of steel and concrete. An overlay stem and leaf were laid across the structure, an enormous "cleft" was created with steel paneling, and Peter Freudenberg, an artist who worked with macro-art, painted the structure to realistically pass for a peach.The Peachoid was commissioned by the Gaffney Board of Public Works, who had a need for elevated water storage and wished to find a way of building it using federal funding. The shape of the peach was selected because the Gaffney economy was then dependent upon peach orchards, and because the people of the town wanted to make clear that South Carolina, and at one time, Cherokee County alone, (where Gaffney is located) produced more peaches per year than the entire state of Georgia (known as the "Peach State"). Since its construction, the Peachoid's extremely high visibility has introduced an element of tourism to the local economy, and a smaller (500,000 gallons) peachoid has been built for Clanton, Alabama.The Peachoid has appeared as an oddity in films. In Lost in America, the travelers stumble across it.

The 
Peachoid was also featured on Netflix' Original Series, House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey.

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Reviewed by
giloria

  • 8 Reviews
  • 10 Helpful
August 30, 2014

It's a giant peach that looks like a butt. Great photo op. It's right next to Fatz.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
masatro

  • 11 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
May 21, 2014

Fun to pass by and make jokes about the giant peach. There is a Fatz restaurant nearby which is a good place to stop for a bite to eat.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
amber.aimee1

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
May 21, 2014

Drove by it today!

1 person found this review helpful

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Tatiana Danger

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April 7, 2014

This is a fun little roadside photo-op. Now that it's been on "House of Cards" it's also a cool filming location to stop at.

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Reviewed by
dcgrrl

  • 2 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
March 10, 2014

Easy enough to see just driving by. No reason to miss it!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
jessicaweldonnn

  • 2 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
January 9, 2014

Hilarious! So glad we stopped to see this beauty!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
TreenaG

  • 9 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
October 7, 2016
Rated 4.0

Neat site- even in the rain it is pretty cute

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Reviewed by
netta.lind

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
February 5, 2016

Was a neat photo op

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Reviewed by
LauraZCompo

  • 14 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
December 25, 2015
Rated 3.0

Cool stop for a photo. Especially if you're a HOC fan. Definitely needed a paint job when we stopped by. Looked more like a lemon. 🍋

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Reviewed by
Lizsun

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 31, 2015
Rated 5.0

Stopped by to take a picture. Worth it to make a quick detour off the highway. It's easy to get on and back off.

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Peachoid

266 Peachoid Road
Gaffney, South Carolina
29341 USA

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