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Giant ketchup bottle draws tourists

Published 29/07/2014 | 08:54

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Traffic passes a water tower in the shape of a ketchup bottle in Collinsville, Illinois, in the US (AP)

For some tourists, leaving Illinois before seeing what is billed as the World's Largest Bottle of Catsup is not an option.

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The Collinsville water tower is a depiction of Brooks Old Original Rich and Tangy Catsup, a ketchup which was once produced in the buildings beneath the tower.

Now, it's for sale. Owner Larry Eckert is asking 500,000 US dollars (£300,000) for the 65-year-old, 170-foot (52-metre) landmark and adjacent warehouse.

The 100,000-gallon (380,000-litre) tower never held ketchup. It hasn't been used since the Brooks outfit moved out in the 1960s.

Judy Demoisy helped save the bottle when it was in danger of being torn down in 1993.

She says preservationists believe using it in a ketchup museum would be a good idea. "It's a global condiment," she said.

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