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DECATUR: One of the large Decatur water towers is positioned near Graceland Cemetery.
MOUNT ZION: The old water tower on Broadway in Mount Zion was replaced by a 1-million-gallon tower on Illinois Route 121.
The water tower on North East Street in Oreana will be replaced to meet current demands after a decision in spring 2018.
WARRENSBURG: The old tower on North Main Street in Warrensburg was replaced.
MAROA: The new Maroa water tower stands on North Wood Street.
NIANTIC: The bright yellow water tower stands behind the Niantic Village Hall.
DECATUR: The old water tower on the north end of downtown Decatur.
BLUE MOUND: One of the two Blue Mound water towers stands near the Blue Mound grain elevator.
BOODY: The Boody water tower stands on the south end of town — and even has its own dedicated Facebook page.
FORSYTH: One of the two Forsyth water towers is near Village Park.
Water towers are designed to be practical — a place of storage and a source of water pressure.
But they're more than just utilitarian structures. They're symbols of our communities and pieces of recognizable architecture emblazoned with names and icons.
Some are being replaced with modern tanks. Others date back years.
Herald & Review photographer Jeff Smudde has been chronicling these water towers that dot our horizon.
Mount Zion Water Tower
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