For those in the market for something unusual or offbeat–the world’s largest ketchup bottle is on the market for a mere $200,000.
How could this be? The giant “Brooks Tangy Ketchup” bottle loomed over the Collinsville, IL skyline for years. Nobody cared that it wasn’t really a ketchup bottle. Instead, it was a water tower.
It’s a reminder of former glory days when the spicy condiment was processed locally. The ketchup bottle is a local landmark–something to talk about. It’s like the statues of Paul Bunyan in Minnesota and Maine.
For years, billed as, the “World’s Largest Catsup Bottle” it was part of St. Louis area attractions, along with nearby Cahokia Mounds State Park and the St. Louis Gateway Arch. Located just off I-70 south on highway 159, the giant bottle welcomed visitors to the south side of town.
As a former area resident, I’m appalled that some day the giant ketchup bottle could be gone. Where will that leave Collinsville, IL? As locals would tell you, the area is the largest producer of horseradish–another flavorful condiment. There are no giant horseradish statues. Maybe there should be? A giant horseradish root on a pedestal just wouldn’t be the same.
At face value it’s just an old water tower. The property on which it rests fronts a major highway. It’s much more than prime real estate to me, It’s a reminder of pre-interstate days when people drove slower with the windows rolled down.
Summer vacation days when Johnny rode in the back seat of the family sedan with his sister Susie and little brother Timmy. They argued constantly over who got the window seat.
Mom, Dad look–it’s a giant ketchup bottle! Can we stop and look?
Dad scowled in silence. Mom finally gave in.
All right we’ll stop for a few minutes. Only if you’re good–no fighting or arguing.
Whatever the outcome–Brooks ketchup will remain my favorite. Because, as you may not know–“It’s The Tangy-est.”