Archive for the 'Editorial' Category

Mobile Phone Antennas Added to the WTWS

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

Some time ago in the 1990s, mobile phone antennas were added to the World’s Tallest Water Sphere. This site does not know the exact date (readers, please let us know), but this Star Ledger article from that time gives more details on the update.

The World’s Tallest Water Sphere as it Exists in Microsoft Flight Simulator

Saturday, August 22nd, 2020

This week was a significant time for flight simulator enthusiasts. On August 18th, 2020, Microsoft released its first new edition of Flight Simulator since 2006. What is significant about this release is that this version of Flight Simulator has the entire world simulated in nice detail without buying significant scenery packages or add-ons. What once […]

Navy, Air Force Fly Over WTWS

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

As part of a nationwide flyover program, part of “Operation America Strong”, the Navy Blue Angels and the Air Force Thunderbirds flew over the World’s Tallest Water Sphere. This southbound leg of flyover route on April 28th, 2020, was a bit east of Union, New Jersey, but either over Newark Bay or Newark Airport. Later […]

Star Ledger WTWS Article from Amy Kuperinsky

Saturday, February 22nd, 2020

With a flattering title of “Meet the Texas man who loves this N.J. water tower so much, he built a virtual museum in its honor“, Star Ledger reporter Amy Kuperinsky writes a nice article about Union’s World’s Tallest Water Sphere and various people associated with it. You get to hear about other towers, water tower […]

Revisiting Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport

Sunday, February 9th, 2020

As we have mentioned and admired in previous posts, NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia has a beautiful water tower. We wish them luck in tonight’s launch of Northrop Grumman’s 13th contracted cargo resupply mission with NASA to the International Space Station which will deliver more than 7,500 pounds of science and research, crew supplies, and […]

World’s Tallest Water Sphere Appears on News12 New Jersey

Sunday, March 31st, 2019

With the title of “Texas Man Runs Museum Dedicated to New Jersey’s Famous Water Sphere”, this site had the pleasure of being the subject of reporter Brian Donahue’s Positively New Jersey segment on News12 New Jersey on 29 March 2019. Brian’s story was a well-done two-minute forty-second video with great helicopter and on-site shots. Brian […]

World’s Tallest Photobomber

Monday, June 18th, 2018

This photo submitted by well-know Unionite Tom Haggerty shows an unlikely photobomber, the World’s Tallest Water Sphere. Nestled in between the bowling pin and ball, we see the light gray cue-ball-esque Union water tower. Tom also sent a photo with tighter cropping, but I like this one better because it shows the WTWS in its […]

Life Is Beautiful

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Life Is Beautiful. Sometimes you plant seeds, and you watch them grow. Sometimes you reach out to friends, and you see many more answer your call. Our whole purpose on this site has been given back many-times in the emails, photos, stories, news articles, and connections we have made through your contributions. None has touched […]

Alvord, Texas has a Water Sphere

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

About midway between Fort Worth and Wichita Falls, Texas, the town of Alvord has a nice water sphere. It sits on top a hill on a bend in highway 287. The tower is a true water sphere. It is well kept, painted white, with the name Alvord on the sphere, and the high school team […]

Veteran Police Officer found dead in Kawameeh Park

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

A 25 year veteran of the Union County Police Department was found dead in Kawameeh Park, near Kawameeh Junior High School, in the vicinity of Union’s World’s Tallest Water Sphere. The 50 year old officer was found seated on a metal bench on the softball field at Kawameeh Park around 8 a.m. on 2013/04/10. […]

The Sunset of Water Spheres

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

As mentioned in this blog, the old style water spheres are no longer built and are a dwindling piece of American history. Today water spheroids are the more popular water tower, and the old “sphere atop a mast” style are no longer build. Reader Greg Pyne sends this photo of a lovely-but-rusting water sphere spotted […]

Lisa Rose Interview in Star Ledger

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Be sure to read today’s (2012/02/22) issue of The Star-Ledger to read Lisa Rose’s interview, see Jennifer Brown’s photographs, and hear our thought on the World’s Tallest Water Sphere. We marvel at and respect a new tall water tower in North Carolina, but there will always be a tattoo burned in our minds and hearts […]

Site Styling – New Width

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

The World’s Tallest Water Sphere has had some site formatting updates. The site now has a default width of 960 over the older, narrower 760 pixels. The site has been validated with several mobile and tablet devices, such as the Nook shown here. Let us know if your device or browser has trouble reading the […]

Weird N.J. Covers WTWS

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Whoops, I nearly forgot to mention that the latest issue of Weird N.J. (#32) has a nice article on the World’s Tallest Water Sphere. Not only do they have wonderful color photos of the WTWS that you can carry conveniently on your next safari in Bostwana, you also get a colorful shot of the WTWS […]

World’s Tallest Water Sphere – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Saturday, August 5th, 2006

Q: What is a water sphere? A water sphere is a tower designed to hold water. It looks like a golf ball sitting on a tee. Water spheres use height and gravity to create water pressure for a water distribution system. A spherical top helps put a large mass of water at a high point, […]

Contributions appreciated

Monday, May 15th, 2006

Attendance to the “World’s Tallest Water Sphere” museum in Austin, Texas has been low recently. Please come and see the exhibit if you are in town. Admission is free of charge. We only have one exhibit at the moment, but we hope to expand. Additionally, if you have photos or stories of the WTWS, we […]

Hello world!

Saturday, October 1st, 2005

Welcome the premiere site about the World’s Tallest Water Sphere in Union, New Jersey, U.S.A.