A small Minnesota town, Wanamingo, in Southern Minnesota is set to demolish its iconic water tower soon. The city itself, took some time yesterday to give tribute to the tower that has stood guard over the town for the last few decades, and in some ways defined that town. For many small towns in Minnesota, a water tower is more than a means of getting water, it's a point of pride and accomplishment.


That small town water tower is a sense that your hometown has made it! Many water towers have big bold letters that spell out the city one letter at a time around the outside of the tank that sits high above the other buildings in town.

The small town water tower silently stands guard over the town, watching kids grow up, play baseball, and ride bicycles down to the convenience store.

It's a welcoming beacon to those that reside in town, and those coming to visit. It's a landmark to direct wayward travelers looking for direction. It's something that we all take for granted in the background of life, but when they are gone they leave larger-than-life holes in the sky.

They come in all shapes and sizes, with different colors, characters, and fonts. Some are built to resemble other items (I'm looking at you Sauk Rapids balloon tower), and others are utilitarian.

No matter what's written on the outside, a small-town water tower is so much more than a means for getting water, it's sometimes the only identity a small town has, and that is why we love small-town water towers.

LOOK: 50 songs you won't believe are turning 50 this year

From classic rock anthems to disco hits and everything in between, Stacker surveyed Billboard's Hot 100 list of top songs in 1973 and highlighted the top 50.

Popular Child Stars From Every Year

Below, Stacker sifted through movie databases, film histories, celebrity biographies and digital archives to compile this list of popular pint-sized actors from 1919 through 2021.

LOOK: 50 famous memes and what they mean

With the infinite number of memes scattered across the internet, it's hard to keep track. Just when you've grasped the meaning of one hilarious meme, it has already become old news and replaced by something equally as enigmatic. Online forums like Tumblr, Twitter, 4chan, and Reddit are responsible for a majority of meme infections, and with the constant posting and sharing, finding the source of an original meme is easier said than done. Stacker hunted through internet resources, pop culture publications, and databases like Know Your Meme to find 50 different memes and what they mean. While the almost self-replicating nature of these vague symbols can get exhausting, memes in their essence can also bring people closer together—as long as they have internet access.




More From KIKN-FM / Kickin' Country 99.1/100.5