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Giant ketchup bottle draws tourists in Illinois

Gallery: Giant ketchup bottle draws tourists in Illinois

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - For tourist Bruce Pasarow of Buena Park, California, leaving Illinois before seeing what's billed as the "World's Largest Bottle of Catsup" was not an option.

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

Now, the sign is for sale. Owner Larry Eckert is asking $500,000 for the 65-year-old, 170-foot-tall landmark and adjacent warehouse.

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

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    "It's a global condiment," she says.

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