Leaning Tower of Texas

Groom, Texas

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The Leaning Tower of Texas, also known as the Leaning Tower of Britten, is just that: a leaning water tower located, appropriately, in Texas. Found along the former Route 66, now US Interstate 40, you can’t miss seeing this odd site from the road.

This Texas Route 66 roadside attraction was once a normal, functioning water tower. It was slated for demolition when 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.

The truck stop burned down in the 1990s, but the Leaning Tower of Britten still remains as a relic of the past.

Last modified: April 21, 2024
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Leaning Tower of Texas in Groom, Texas Route 66 roadside attraction

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Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to the Leaning Tower of Texas in Groom, Texas, here are some things to know before you go.

  • There’s a small gravel landing available for you to park and take photos.
  • From different angles the tower looks more or less leaning.

Where to Stay Near the Leaning Tower of Texas

Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest with a stay at one of these Route 66 hotels near this Route 66 roadside attraction.

Chalet Inn

Chalet Inn is a budget-friendly Route 66 motel in Groom, Texas. Located close to restaurants in town, this property offers air conditioning and free WiFi and parking.

Big Texan Motel

The Big Texan Steak Ranch is best known for its 72-ounce steak challenge. Whether you try to beat the clock for a free meal or not, you can mosey on over across the parking lot to extend your visit at the Big Texan Motel. Attached to the world famous steakhouse, the Big Texan Motel in Amarillo, Texas features 54 units and a Western theme.

The Barfield

The only full-service boutique hotel in Amarillo, The Barfield is housed in the historic Barfield building in the heart of downtown Amarillo. The hotel’s 112 accommodations, feature custom-designed furnishings and luxurious finishes. Enjoy high-speed WiFi, Smart TVs, ergonomic workspaces, and an in-room refreshment center.

Enhance your visit to Amarillo with a tour! Whether you love the outdoors, walking tours, or family-friendly adventures, there are plenty of options for everyone.

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