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the giant coffee pot

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Melbourne’s café scene may be world-renowned, but unlike the city of Stanton, Iowa, it doesn't boast a 151,000-litre coffee pot. If Stanton wanted to get its daily brew from the monument, it could pour over 600,000 cups (a number that dwarfs its teensy population). The oversized vessel, however, is actually an old water tower that was first revamped in the ’70s. Back then, Stanton folks wanted to pay tribute to the Swedish immigrants who settled their town – and what’s more Swedish than a Swedish coffee pot? With a little paint and an added metal handle and spout, they created a postcard-friendly emblem for the town. They even added a second water tower (styled to look like a cup and saucer) a few decades later. Unfortunately the old pot eventually became too hard to maintain and was retired in 2015, though it still sits at ground level for any passing tourists (or pups) to get their happy snaps.

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