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The Great Pumpkin rises again

Water tower in Montgomery Hills

Water tower in Montgomery Hills

Once upon a time in the 1970s, the Montgomery Hills neighborhood of Silver Spring, Maryland got a new water tower.  Not only was it enormous, but it was painted an unsightly bright orange.  One day, large black letters appeared across its middle which said, “The Great Pumpkin,” no doubt a commentary on the water tower’s appearance, and of course, a reference to the TV special in which Linus van Pelt spends Halloween in a pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin to rise again.

The Great Pumpkin

The Great Pumpkin

In a way, the Great Pumpkin has risen again.  Eventually the tower was painted over with a pale blue color, and the Great Pumpkin of Montgomery Hills was forgotten, except by people like me who like a good prank.  Now, many years later, the words are becoming visible again, thanks to the deterioration of the pale blue paint job.

I wonder if anyone has a photograph of the tower when it was orange and the words were still clearly visible across its mid-section?  If so, I would love to see it.

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