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Belton water tower.

A standpipe water tower painted with the slogan Watch Belton Grow" is one of the highest reinforced concrete structures in the United States. The 95-year-old structure, located in Belton, S.C., is 155 feet tall, 30 feet wide and stores 165,000 gallons of water. It penetrates 30 feet into the ground, where it widens into a funnel shape. It was built in 1909 for $12,500.

Its image has been used as Belton's logo on the town's seal and on government and municipal letterheads. It was accepted in 1987 as a historical site by the state department of archives and history. Belton began an annual festival in 1987 to cover the cost of renovations. The renovation was paid for by 1991, but the town continued the festival.

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