Roadside Find: Bourbon Water Tower in Lebanon, Kentucky

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Maker’s Mark mural covers Lebanon, Kentucky’s water tower.
New bourbon photo op stop on Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

A new landmark and photo op stop is in Lebanon, Kentucky. Any Maker’s Mark fan or Kentucky Bourbon Trail enthusiast will not want to miss it.

The City of Lebanon’s water tower has been transformed into a work of art featuring a bottle of Maker’s Mark with its signature red wax label offering a long pour of the amber-colored liquid. Rising more than 135 feet above Lebanon, the water tower is visible for miles.

Bourbon Water TowerThe artist is internationally recognized muralist Eric Henn, who has been creating large-scale murals for more than 25 years. Henn’s massive works of art may be seen at aquariums, zoos and theme parks all over the country and have been featured on the PBS Special, “Super Murals,” The Discovery Channel, CNN, Sesame Street and “The Apprentice.“ Henn’s client list includes Pepsi Cola, Procter & Gamble, The United States Postal Service, AT&T, Citgo Petroleum Company, Marathon Oil Company, Ripley’s “Believe It Or Not” and Hershey Foods, among others.

The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission contracted with Henn to paint the mural on the water tower to signify that Marion County is the home of Maker’s Mark Distillery, a national icon and the county’s No. 1 tourist attraction.

“The water tower will be so unique that visitors will go home and remember ‘that water tower’ in Lebanon, Kentucky,” said Nena Olivier, executive director of the tourism commission. “ One thing that I always think of when I think of Versailles and Florence in Kentucky is their water towers. They are iconic images associated with those cities, and our goal is to promote a similar type of thinking with Lebanon.”

Maker’s Mark is located just eight miles from downtown Lebanon and the water tower is a perfect photo op stop for bourbon fans. There is nowhere else on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail or in Kentucky’s Bourbon Country that offers such a sight, a mural looming above the horizon that celebrates one of the world’s premier bourbons and Kentucky’s pre-eminent role in bourbon’s history and heritage. An only-here photo of and/or selfie with this water tower is a free souvenir.

“The Kentucky Bourbon Trail is absolutely booming and we want to do everything we can to capitalize on that,” said Olivier. “Our hope is that the water tower will draw more visitors to Lebanon and, once here, we can promote all the other wonderful things that Lebanon has to offer.”

To read more about Eric Henn, the muralist painting the water tower, and see some of his past work, visit

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Lebanon Tourist & Convention Commission

Downtown Lebanon KentuckyGeographically located in the center of the state, Lebanon is the “Heart of Bourbon Country,” the epicenter of Kentucky barrel and bourbon making. Attractions include Maker’s Mark Distillery, Limestone Branch Distillery, the Kentucky Cooperage and WhiteMoon Winery. For outdoor enthusiasts, Gorley Naturalist Trail presents challenging hiking and biking and the scenic splendor of 47 bridges. Fagan Branch Reservoir and Sportsman’s Lake beckon canoeists, kayakers and boaters (non-motorized boats) and fishers and anglers for waters stocked with rainbow trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, catfish, crappie and hybrid bluegill. Incorporated as a city in 1815, Lebanon played a crucial role during the Civil War and is today on the Civil War Discovery Trail. Visual and performing arts and pop culture and historic treasures are found at the Marion County Heritage Center, Stillhouse Art Museum and Angelic Hall at Centre Square. Shop for antiques, collectibles and handmade crafts downtown and dine at your choice of 40 eateries – everything from casual full-service restaurants to home-style cafes to an old-fashioned soda fountain. Among accommodations options are the gracious circa 1833 Myrtledene Bed and Breakfast and Hampton Inn.

Maker's Mark in Lebanon Kentucky

– Text & images courtesy Lebanon Tourist & Convention Commission

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