Ok, I can admit it: I love ketchup. I mean, who doesn’t? There’s really nothing better than finding that perfect ratio of salt, French fry, and ketchup during a delicious meal 🙂 🙂
But regardless of my taste in condiments, the next cake on our list at the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle in Collinsville, IL was definitely one that had intrigued me from the moment it entered the official list of cake locations.
Ok, so now for some history: in 1891 the Collinsville Canning and Packing Company was founded. It did well for a few years, but then in 1907 when it was struggling, Everett and Elgin Brooks bought it and renamed it the Triumph Catsup and Pickle Company. And even through changes in owners and economies, the Triumph name and company has survived. So what about the catsup bottle?
Apparently a water tower was needed to accommodate daily operations at Triumph, so the brilliant idea of shaping that water tower to look like a giant catsup bottle was born. It was completed in 1949 and still stands today, after having gone through a few rounds of restoration in more recent years.
From the highway this beautiful beast of a landmark is stunning. And, admittedly, although once you drive into the little makeshift parking area, look up into the center of the bottle, shielding your eyes from the sun, and snap a picture, you’ve pretty much seen all there is to see, as with many cake locations, I don’t think I would have ever crossed paths with this particular landmark if it weren’t for the cake hunt, and for that, I am thankful.