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Madison County, Illinois
Horseradish capital of the world
Home of the World's Largest Catsup Bottle
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In 1810, John Cook of Shepherdstown, Virginia built the first permanent home, a log cabin, in Collinsville. In 1818 the three Collins brothers came to the area and bought Cook's claim and the cabin. Their family came later. The town was named for the Collins family. They established many businesses in Collinsville including a sawmill, blacksmith shop and more. A coal mine was started by Dr. Lumaghi in 1870. This was the beginning of the coal mining era in this area. The first name for the area was Unionville, but after finding out another town in Illinois had that name, a vote was taken and Collinsville was chosen. The platting was in 1837, but the charter was not adopted until 1850. It was incorporated in 1872 as a city using the aldermanic form of government. In 1921, the form of government was changed to the commission form and in 1991 it was changed to the current council-manager form of government.
The World's Largest Catsup Bottle
A 170 ft. tall water tower which was built in 1949 by W.E. Caldwell Company for the G.S. Suppiger catsup bottling plant.
off Interstates 55-70 and 255 and Illinois 111 on Collinsville Road
The remains of the Mississippian's central city, now known as Cahokia for the Indians who lived nearby in the late 1600s, are preserved within the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. The site spreads over six square miles and includes more than 100 man-made earthen mounds. The largest, Monks Mound, stands 100 feet tall and covers more than 14 acres. A 33,000 square foot interpretive center re-creates scenes of the Indian civilization that occupied the site and explains its historical significance
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125 South Center Street
Collinsville, IL 62234
Collinsville has a council-manager form of government which consists of a City Council of a Mayor and four Council members elected at-large. The City Manager is appointed by the Council.
Collinsville Historical Events 2007, July 29
Collinsville, Illinois has been known for its 170 foot tall water tower that is called the World’s largest Catsup Bottle. Now they are trying for a new record – the world’s largest Catsup packet! The people of Collinsville banded together to help raise money for the Collinsville Christian Academy. They had a fire that damaged the school. The 8 foot tall and 4 foot wide plastic pouch packet was filled yesterday, July 28. It held 1,500 pounds of catsup! Individual bottles of catsup were donated by the H.J. Heinz Co. The packet will remain in Collinsville for a time and will then be sent to the Heinz Co. headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The event will be submitted to the Guinness World Records.
Median household income:
2000 - $ 42,353
2005 - $ 48,300
Median house value:
2000 - $ 83,500
2005 - $ 117,800