World's Largest Catsup Bottle Turns 60, Gets A Facelift

The biggest catsup bottle in the world, located in Collinsville, Illinois, is currently enjoying a refinish in anticipation of its 60th anniversary.

The 70-foot-tall bottle was erected in 1949 above the Brooks bottling factory and served as the company's water supply. When the plant shut down, locals organized a preservation group to make sure the bottle was protected and cared for. In 2002, the landmark was accepted into the National Register of Historic Places.

Reinneck Industrial Coating, the firm working on the new paint job, says it should be ready in time for the 11th Annual Brooks World's Largest Catsup Bottle Festival Birthday Party and Car Show on July 12th.

When complete, the latest renovation will have consumed about 80 gallons of paint in four different colors: blue, white and two kinds of red.

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