Today the internet informed me that an elevated, 170 ft tall ketchup bottle is for sale in Collinsville Illinois, and I thought as a public service announcement, which is what we’re all about here, I’d pass it along. It’s only $200,000 and the Belleville News-Democrat has an ongoing series of reports on the matter, starting here, including an editorial piece in which they (rightly!) condemn the use of government funds for large ketchup bottle restoration efforts. In the interest of full disclosure, I note that this is in fact something of a theoretical ketchup bottle only, in that it has never contained any actual ketchup. Its ability to store water, at least up to the 1960s, is well documented however. Sadly, some are suggesting a final resting place in a ketchup museum, given that ketchup is a “global condiment”, which although true, is I think, a shame.
It should also be noted that the bottle made the list of the “10 Coolest Water Towers“, clocking it at #2 on the list, right behind the “Peachoid” in Gaffney SC, and just ahead of the “Big Corn Ear” in Rochester MN. Note that all three are way ahead of the #10 Wasserturm Nord in Germany, where they clearly just don’t have any idea of what a really cool water tower is all about.