I'm amazed that not a lot of St. Louisans (well, the Missourians) knew about this gem. Most of you know I have lived in Glen Carbon all my life and for us Glen-Ed people who travel down Hwy. 159 to go to Fairview Heights, this was a no-miss. Over the years it was like the tiles on the wall, it was just there. But the bottle has been getting lots of attention lately. I remember 3 years ago I logged onto MSN to check my e-mail and there was a picture of the catsup bottle on MSN's homepage. I was like, 'Wha....?'. As you are leaving downtown Collinsville on Hwy. 159, you'll see it creeping up in the trees.
- Constructed in 1949 as a water tower for the now-defunct Brooks Catsup Company. Brooks Foods would later re-locate to Mount Summit, Indiana in the late -1970s.
- As the bottle faded within time, several volunteers gathered to raise money and restore the bottle in 1995.
- The 'new' bottle is modeled after an original 1949 Brooks Catsup bottle.
- Nearly 170 feet tall; the bottle itself is 70 ft.
- The city of Collinsville has been hosting its own 'Catsup Bottle Festival' every year since 1997 (first year was known as 'Catsup Bottle Appreciation Day'), at different places.
|Back side of the cake|
|Right side of the cake|
|Left side of the cake|
|From the bottom of the tower|
-Apparently the Catsup Bottle is up for sale. This happens two weeks after the Catsup Bottle festivities. It's yours for 500 grand. (source: Riverfront Times)
World's Largest Catsup Bottle on FB
800 S. Morrison Ave., COLLINSVILLE, IL, 62234
Cake artist: Julie Krovicka
UPDATE (8/24/2016): The cake is still there.