Casey, Illinois: Big Things in a Small Town Workshop

A workshop whose purpose is to make giant things that will be placed around the town of Casey to attract tourists. The town currently holds six official Guinness "World's Largest" records, and expects eight more to be certified in 2019.

Address:
SE 2nd St., Casey, IL
Directions:
Downtown, a block east of Hwy 49. From E. Main St. turn south onto SE 2nd St. The workshop is on the right, behind the World's Largest Wind Chimes.
Hours:
M-F 6 AM - 4 PM Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Admission:
Free
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Big Things in a Small Town

I love a small town that buys in to a big idea! If you want to see the knitting needles or ride on the teeter totter, get to Casey before 5 PM, because they're indoors and this small town closes up at 5 PM. We had tons of fun exploring big things, but were sad to miss the world's largest wooden shoes because the shop was closed.

[edmag, 07/08/2021]

Wooden shoes.

Big Things in a Small Town

If you're on I-70 between Terra Haute and St. Louis, stop in Casey. You'll see the world's largest Wind Chime, Rocking Chair, Golf Tee, Pitchfork, Mailbox, Wooden Shoes and Knitting Needles. Plus there's more fun photo ops at the Bird Cage, Pencil and Yardstick.

Also, stop in at the Big Things workshop. The guys there are working on new things to be added to this little town's arsenal of fun things, and they're great people.

[Dave, 06/09/2016]
Big Things in a Small Town Workshop

Jim Bolin is the visionary behind the Big Things project, which he hopes will revive his small town, and this workshop is where all of the giant things in Casey are being built.

Already on display in various spots in town are the World's Largest Wind Chimes (55 feet tall), World's Largest Golf Tee (30 feet tall), and World's Largest Knitting Needles (13 feet long). Complete and ready for placement are a pencil over 32 feet long, a pitchfork 60 feet long, and a 13-foot diameter World's Largest Wooden Token.

Next up: the World's Largest Rocking Chair (54 feet tall); a giant ruler (36 feet long), wooden clogs (2,500 pounds apiece), and a 36-foot-long mailbox that will automatically raise its giant flag whenever anyone posts a letter. The shop opened to the public in May 2015, and the workers are happy to chat with visitors.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 07/14/2015]

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World's Largest Wind ChimeWorld's Largest Wind Chime, Casey, IL - < 1 mi.
World's Largest Teeter TotterWorld's Largest Teeter Totter, Casey, IL - < 1 mi.
World's Largest Rocking ChairWorld's Largest Rocking Chair, Casey, IL - < 1 mi.
In the region:
1918 Brick National Road, Marshall, IL - 15 mi.

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