I have seen a lot of water towers in my travels but the one in Walterboro, South Carolina is one of the most unique and strangest I a have seen. Constructed in 1915 it is made from concrete and stands 133 feet tall. It holds 100 thousand gallons of water a the top.
At the base is a door made from iron bars. Inside are three jail cells and they were used as the town’s jail when the tower was constructed. It is one of the most unique features I have seen in a water tower. I guess they figured since they were building a new tower that they might as well incorporate a jail into it.
The story gets even weirder. After they were no long being used to hold inmates, Legend has it that the town allowed weary travelers passing through to stay overnight in them for free. I am not sure what they thought when offered a place for the night in an abandoned jail at the bottom of a water tower. It seems like the beginning of a horror movie.
The tower still stands in town and if you look through the bars of the door you can still see the former jail cells. It is one of the strangest things I have seen on my travels.
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