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article image170-foot catsup bottle for sale in Belleville, Illinois

By Mike White     Jul 22, 2014 in Odd News
Belleville - Do you just love ketchup? Do you have an extra $200,000 you could spend? If so, the "World's Largest Bottle of Catsup" is for sale in Belleville, Illinois.
ABC reported a local newspaper, The Belleville News-Democrat, reported a "For Sale" sign is in front of what is called the "World's Largest Bottle of Catsup," a 170-foot landmark that once served as a water tower for the town.
According to The San Antonio Express-News, the asking price for the former landmark turned ketchup bottle is $200,000. It was once listed by the warehouse it served for $300,000.
The Denver Post reported the landmark recreated a bottle of Brooks Old Original Rich and Tangy Catsup, which was manufactured in the building underneath the tower. The tower held 100,000 gallons of water, not ketchup, and has not been used since the company moved out in the 1960s.
According to the, the plant was turned into a warehouse for trucking and shipping operations for Bethel-Eckert. For 40 years the company provided supplies to military commissaries before it lost it contracts. Larry Eckert, the owner, once thought of selling the ketchup bottle and warehouse separately, then decided not to.
"Whoever would be interested, you'd need the additional land anyway," he explained.
Eckert added ketchup bottle is on the National Register of Historic Places. For that reason, he believes the eventual buyer will preserve it.
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