So… Ever found yourself wondering where you could find the World’s Largest Ketchup Bottle?? Well, look no farther than Collinsville, Illinois USA.
This water tower was built in 1949 and stands 170 feet tall. It’s an amazing example of the Roadside Americana era of the 20th Century. History of this awesome structure can be found on their website here. In August of 2002, it was named to the Historic Places Register.
We decided to drive by and experience it on our recent road trip. It was pretty neat, however I was disappointed that there wasn’t more to do. I was hoping for a little museum or something that you could go in and buy souvenirs or even a nice picnic spot. Unfortunately, we were able to just drive by it and take pictures. It also may have been the time of the year that we went. If we had waited and went in July when they hold a birthday party for the bottle, that’s when the activities come out with ketchup tasting, eating contests and much more. It was definitely worth the trip off the interstate ( about 5 miles) just to view it and it gave us some excellent conversation after the trip with our kids.
Brooks’ Ketchup is still around today. To try some of it, Amazon has it for purchase here. You can also buy it from the World’s Largest Ketchup Bottle site as well.