This isn't the only tacky tourist destination in Lexington, Kentucky, according to several sites on the Internet that specialize in cataloging traps of that sort, but it is one of the few that you almost can't miss.
The Dixie Cup Water Tower is on the property, fittingly, of what was once the Dixie Cup plant. You can't get close to it because of the size of the property, which is closed to passersby, but you can get close enough to take pictures of the unique site.
The Dixie Cup Corporation moved to Lexington in 1958. The water tower was constructed almost immediately after the move. The corporation has since been incorporated into the Georgia-Pacific Corporation, but the water tower has remained. The city refused to remove the Dixie Cup Water Tower as the nearby airport uses it as a point of reference.
Around the corner is the Coca-Cola plant with the spaceship conference room and a shipping warehouse for Amazon.com is also nearby.
Know Before You Go
From Hwy 460: Take 25 South/Broadway St. This will turn into Lexington Road and then Georgetown Road. Turn left onto Mercer Road and follow until you see the water tower.
- Unusual Kentucky: Dixie Cup Water Tower: http://unusualkentucky.blogspot.com/2008/10/dixie-cup-water-tower.html
- Roadside America: Lexington, Kentucky - Dixie Cup Water Tower: http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/10401
- Tacky Traveller's Tourist Traps: Dixie Cup Water Tower: http://tackytraveller.blogspot.com/2010/03/dixie-cup-water-tower.html