Thursday, April 30, 2015

For 66 years the World's Largest Catsup Bottle has been fun RV Short Stop

A landmark attraction, the World's Largest Catsup Bottle
proudly stands watch over Collinsville, Illinois.

At 170 feet tall, it includes a 70-foot tall riveted steel bottle sitting atop 100-foot steel legs. The base of the bottle is 25 feet in diameter and the cap is 8 feet across. It has a capacity of 100,000 gallons of catsup ... or water.

Originally built as a water tower in 1949 by Caldwell Tanks of Louisville, Ky., it was falling apart by the early '90s.

In 1993, the Catsup Bottle Preservation Group began fundraising efforts to save the roadside attraction from demolition. Two years of efforts resulted in it being beautifully restored to its original appearance in June of 1995.

An excellent example of 20th century roadside Americana, the Brooks Catsup Bottle Water Tower was named to the National Register of Historic Places in August of 2002.

While the World's Largest Catsup Bottle attracts numerous tourists every day, the annual birthday bash and car show each summer brings in thousands of visitors.

Mark your calendars for the 17th Annual Brooks® World's Largest Catsup Bottle Festival Birthday Party and Car (Truck and Bike) Show taking place on Sunday, July 12, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Woodland Park in Collinsville, Illinois.

Directions: Collinsville, sits on Interstates 55/70 and 255, in the southwestern region of the Illinois, about 10 miles east of downtown St. Louis, Missouri.

The World's Largest Catsup Bottle water tower is located at 800 S. Morrison Ave. (IL Route 159) just south of Main Street in downtown Collinsville.

For RV Parks near Collinsville, click here.

-- Julianne G. Crane

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