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Roadside America strikes again! While planning a trip to St. Louis, I looked at www.roadsideamerica.com to see what kitschy roadside attraction might be on my way. Well, this was not far off my path, so I made the trek to see the World's Largest Catsup Bottle - in reality, a 170-ft water tower. The funniest thing (to me) was that I was NOT the only person there taking photos! Travelling alone sometimes stinks - I couldn't get a photo with the bottle, since the self-timer and zoom would not "sync"... Anyway, fun to see if you are passing thru - not much else to the town (which touts itself as "historic").
Written Jun 8, 2009
Address: 800 South Morrison Avenue, Collinsville, IL
At its peak, around 1200 CE, more people lived here (20,000) than in London and it wasn’t until 1800 that a US city (Philadelphia)reached a higher number of inhabitants. This was the largest Native settlement in North America and a genuine Native American urban center. So important is this site that it has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
We passed by here every year on family trips to Arkansas. We were missing out, don't make the same mistake! If you are anywhere near the vicinity do not pass up the opportunity to visit this amazing place. Soon I hope to create a more detailed site at the Cahokia Mounds at the Cahokia Mounds State Park link here on VT.
Updated Jun 3, 2003
According to their website, "this unique 170 ft. tall water tower was built in 1949 by the W.E. Caldwell Company for the G.S. Suppiger catsup bottling plant - bottlers of Brooks old original rich & tangy catsup." A 1995 rennovation saved the landmark from demolition and in August 2002 it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
I don't even like catsup, but it is pretty cool. For just $10 you can become a life time member of the Bottle's fan club.
Please don't write asking me to explain the difference between catsup and ketchup as I haven't a clue.
Written Jun 3, 2003