Does tower of ketchup need mountain of mustard?
How would you like to own a towering ketchup bottle?
A "For Sale" sign is in front of what's billed as the "World's Largest Bottle of Catsup." The landmark once served as a water tower in the city of Collinsville, Ill.
It's old, 65 to be exact. And it's tall, 170 feet. The asking price is $200,000. A warehouse adjacent to it is listed at $300,000.
Brooks Old Original Rich and Tangy Catsup was produced in the buildings beneath the tower. The 100,000-gallon tower held water never ketchup and it hasn't been used since Brooks moved out about 50 years ago.
The plant became a warehouse used for shipping and trucking operations of Bethel-Eckert. Larry Eckert, the owner, considered selling the ketchup bottle and warehouse separately, then decided one can't go without the other.
"Whoever would be interested, you'd need the additional land anyway," he said.
Eckert said the ketchup bottle is on the National Register of Historic Places. He expects the eventual buyer to preserve it.
Critical thinking challenge: Why did the ketchup company need so much water? What's in ketchup?