Giant ketchup bottle draws tourists in Illinois

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Giant ketchup bottle draws tourists in Illinois
World's Largest Catsup Bottle, Route 159, Collinsville, Illinois. 170-foot water tower built in 1949 for the G.S. Suppiger catsup bottling plant where Brooks catsup was bottled. Now on National Register of Historic Places.
The World's Largest Catsup Bottle, 170 feet (52 meters) high, is one of the first quirky landmarks for travellers driving from east to west along historic Route 66, 03 July, 200, in Collinsville, Illinois. The catsup bottle is actually a decorated water tower, constructed in 1949 and restored in 1993. AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - For tourist Bruce Pasarow of Buena Park, California, leaving Illinois before seeing what's billed as the "World's Largest Bottle of Catsup" was not an option.

The Collinsville water tower is a depiction of Brooks Old Original Rich and Tangy Catsup, which was once produced in the buildings beneath the tower.

Now, the sign is for sale. Owner Larry Eckert is asking $500,000 for the 65-year-old, 170-foot-tall landmark and adjacent warehouse.

The 100,000-gallon tower never held ketchup. It hasn't been used since Brooks moved out in the 1960s.

Judy Demoisy helped save the bottle when it was in danger of being torn down in 1993. She says preservationists believe using it in a ketchup museum would be great.

"It's a global condiment," she says.

Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale

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