Tipton has a water tower painted like an eight ball. This water tower originated in 1968 when Ewald Fisher, a native of Tipton, built his billiard table factory, Fischer Manufacturing Company, in the city. At one point, it was the largest builder of pool tables in the United States.

The company was purchased by Spalding Company, and the plant closed when Spalding sold it to Ebonite Billiard in 1976.

The water tower was then repainted as a standard water tower. But the residents of Tipton rose up and wanted the eight ball back, so it was painted again.

The tower is generally regarded as the world’s largest eight ball and is registered on the list of World’s Largest Things.

 

TIPTON, MISSOURI — THE EIGHT BALL

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