You’ve heard of the Leaning Tower of Pisa…but have you heard of the Leaning Tower of Texas in Groom, Texas?
The Leaning Tower of Texas, also known as the Leaning Tower of Britten, is just that: a leaning tower (water tower that is) located, appropriately in Texas. Located along the former Route 66, now US Interstate 40, you can’t miss seeing this odd site from the road.
This top Texas route 66 roadside attraction was once a normal, functioning water tower. It was slated for demolition and Ralph Britten bought it at an auction and moved it 34 miles away to its current location to serve as an oversized sign for his truck stop and information center.
Across the front of the tower is printed “Britten USA” in red, white, and blue. And, as the name would suggest, the tower leans. But don’t worry, it isn’t in danger of toppling anytime soon. Britten purposefully posed the tower at a 10 degree angle, just enough to lure unsuspecting travelers off the road and into his shop out of concern.
Unfortunately, the truck stop burned down in the 1990s, but the Leaning Tower of Britten still remains. You can pull over to the side of the road on a small gravel landing to park and take photos.
If you’re driving Route 66, this is definitely a roadside attraction worth leaning over backwards to see.
If the tower doesn’t look like it’s leaning all that much here that’s because…well…I screwed up. When I saw this Texas roadside attraction ahead I immediately pulled over to the best looking spot to snap some photos. And I too thought, “it doesn’t look like it’s leaning all that much.” It wasn’t until I was driving away and caught a glimpse of the leaning tower of Britten that I noticed just how much it was leaning. I just picked the wrong spot for photos.
Leaning Tower of Texas
Address: Groom, TX 79039
Hours: Always Visible
Cost: Free to See