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170-foot ketchup bottle for sale in Illinois

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- Would you relish having a towering ketchup bottle? That emblem of roadside Americana could be yours if you fork over enough money.

A "For Sale" sign is in front of what's billed as the "World's Largest Bottle of Catsup," the landmark that once served as a water tower in the city of Collinsville, east of St. Louis, the Belleville News-Democrat reported Tuesday.

The asking price for the 65-year-old, 170-foot-tall landmark is $200,000, with the warehouse adjacent to it listed at $300,000.

The landmark replicates a bottle of Brooks Old Original Rich and Tangy Catsup, which was produced in the buildings beneath the tower. The 100,000-gallon tower held water - never ketchup - and it hasn't been used since Brooks moved out in the early 1960s.

The plant later became a warehouse used for shipping and trucking operations of Bethel-Eckert, which for four decades serviced military commissaries before losing its contracts. Larry Eckert, the owner, initially considered selling the ketchup bottle and warehouse separately, then decided one can't go without the other.

"Whoever would be interested, you'd need the additional land anyway," he said.

Eckert said because the ketchup bottle is on the National Register of Historic Places, he expects the eventual buyer to preserve it.

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cgssnavickas July 22 2014 at 5:16 PM

...and I'll take about 50,000 burgers and about 30,000 fries to go.

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adika3z cgssnavickas July 22 2014 at 8:09 PM

very bad harm to health

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jjrb1990 cgssnavickas July 22 2014 at 10:45 PM

"Your gonna need a bigger bun"

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time1865 July 22 2014 at 9:55 PM

I'm from New Jersey and knew where the picture was from just by the legs. We visit the area a couple of times a year visiting a friend in Granite City.

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roseyoungstewart time1865 July 23 2014 at 12:02 AM

very good! I lived in granite city 16 years before moving here to whitney point, NY. in 2005.

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floatgod July 22 2014 at 8:35 PM

It it was Hunt's or Heinz it might be worth something. But as a regional brand good luck in getting what you are asking. To the locals it may be appealing having seen it for so many years, but I do not think it is all that good looking or pleasing.

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roseyoungstewart floatgod July 23 2014 at 12:01 AM

Brooks is nationaLLY known. Don't you ever go to the maRKET with your mommy?

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adika3z July 22 2014 at 8:09 PM

NO NO auction.
NO NO bid.
NO NO sale.
bring this tower to the museum and show the tourists / travelers from the world.

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dal July 23 2014 at 5:43 AM

just about enough for my fries.

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YourFtr July 22 2014 at 11:44 PM

The John Kerry Heinz bottle of Catsup......!!??

He offered it to the North Vietnamese; but they didn't want it......
"Who puts Ketchup on Anything !??" they said.....

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lov2elkhnt YourFtr July 23 2014 at 5:27 AM

But it's John Kerry's catsup, the commie catsup, every NVA's buddy catsup, old yellow stain Capt Phillip Francis Queeg's catsup.

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runswthscisors40 July 22 2014 at 6:59 PM

I don't have all the money right now, will you take catch-up payments???..........

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BOB July 22 2014 at 6:15 PM

Do fries come with that?

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I LOVE YOU JENNY July 22 2014 at 7:56 PM

Right on!!!!!!!!

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Curtis Louie July 23 2014 at 2:22 AM

where's Mike and Frank this is there cup of tea

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