Big things in small town: Casey is city of world’s largest things


Illinois state has a number of tourist spots. From countless state parks to towns like Chicago it offers luxurious travel destination to wanderlusts.

Casey is one of the small city in Illinois which is known for big things. Casey holds Guinness world record for having world’s largest constructions hence is one of the must-see attractions in Illinois.

We were not aware of this place until we saw this on a local travel magazine. Pictures were very attractive and we decided to visit this place before the fall.

It is just 2 hours drive from our place hence we visited on a normal Sunday to avoid the crowd.

As per our expectation, Casey looked empty with very few tourists here and there. It was a bright sunny day so we enjoyed the sightseeing throughout.


Who created these big things in Casey?


Jim Bolin a resident of Casey, one day decided to do something big for his city. He wanted to create a record-breaking item and ended up in creating 8 such record-breaking architectures.

Jim’s first construction was World’s largest mailbox measuring 162.63 m³ (5,743.41 ft³)!! When this became world’s largest mailbox, Jim went ahead to create more amazing constructions and wrote the history.



World’s largest Rocking chair


The big rocking chair is the first thing we saw when we entered the city. Since you can park anywhere aside from the road and walk down the street, there is no need to worry about the parking lot. Roadside parking is free for one hour.

This Rocking Chair acclaims the record of the World largest rocking chair and is truly center attraction of Casey.



World’s largest Pencil


When I was a kid I always wanted to write with big pencils that have fancy faces or cartoons at the bottom end. This Pencil in Casey is really long and built exactly like Pencil.



World’s largest Chime


This one is great fun for Kids. When we entered this Place chime was shining brightly. There is rope attached to it which can be pulled to make jiggling sound.

Kids will definitely love this and is one cool thing to play with.



World’s largest Mailbox


This construction has stairs to climb where you can see the surrounding area from the top view. Actually, you can drop a sample letter in the mailbox which will be later delivered to your address.



In the same place, we also saw the Original rail track which used to measure 30″ wind in 1890-1938.



There is an ice cream corner with a variety of flavors. In the same complex Wooden shoes are kept inside a shop.

World’s largest shoes


Initially, these wooden shoes were kept outside but later moved inside a shop. People throw coins inside these shoes with a belief of bringing good luck.

These shoes are so wide and lengthier that a person can sleep comfortably inside.


World’s largest cage


A cage that is constructed exactly like a cage in a lot bigger size. There is a swing inside where a person can sit and play.



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There is also a big Buck


This was not in the maps guide but we saw this while going to see Big Pencil. This one is placed in front of a shop and is definitely a fun to play with.


Casey offered us a lot to see in one day and proved that it truly holds big things in a small town.

37 thoughts on “Big things in small town: Casey is city of world’s largest things

  1. shravmusings says:

    Wow it looks like a must to visit place
    Thanks for introducing a different place to us

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you 🙂

  2. Enjoyed this post thoroughly. Beautiful pics with a detailed write up.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thanks Sonia.. that means a lot!

  3. aditi says:

    I must say, all these unique constructions make Casey a must visit place. Now on my wish list:)

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thanks for reading Aditi..

  4. Priyanka Naik says:

    How lovely! Sometimes the most wonderful things happen to be in the most neglected places.
    Loved this virtual tour ?

  5. Sudip Saha says:

    Those are some interesting facts and figures about Casey. It boasts of so many world’s largest things…definitely gonna visit Casey whenever I visit USA.

    1. Hackytips says:

      You are most welcome Sudip! Thanks for reading..

  6. I am loving your blogs.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Very sweet! Keep reading 🙂

  7. chartrends says:

    Pretty cool inventions I love rocking chairs and the toy spinning top

    1. Hackytips says:

      Ohh.. nice! Thanks for reading..

  8. MegwynF. says:

    Awesome place, I am an explorer myself and like to keep it detailed when it comes to reading travel posts. This way, goers will have a complete view of what it feels like being there.

    1. Hackytips says:

      That’s impressive. Thanks for reading 🙂

  9. melisvida says:

    this place looks so cool to go visit.

  10. This place looks so AMAZING and I really love to visit this place someday. Love your photos!

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you 🙂

  11. Oh wish I had read your article before our trip to Illinois.. will definitely add it to our list for the next time ?? Very informative

    1. Hackytips says:

      Oh! You are welcome again 🙂

  12. i wish I had that big buck durIng my childhood 🙂

    1. Hackytips says:

      Haha! Always keep that kid in you alive.

  13. eshachaks says:

    Wow… Such a nice place

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you!

  14. aisasami says:

    Love the whole world’s largest theme going on! I never been here but it seems interesting. Too bad I am half the world away though.

    1. Hackytips says:


  15. blair villanueva says:

    These installations reminds me of the gigantic items in China. These are quite normal here in Asia.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Oh! I have seen Ginatic statues in India.

  16. Farah says:

    Must have got this idea from Corner Gas Episode 6 ” World’s Biggest Hoe”

    1. Hackytips says:

      Yeah, maybe!

  17. These are so random but I love it!

    1. Hackytips says:

      Haha, thanks!

  18. I love the giant cage, I’d be so scared of getting stuck in there though haha!

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  19. Crazy, I’ve never heard of this place before!

  20. shenelle82 says:

    I’m loving all of the large stuff ?

    1. Hackytips says:

      lol.. Thanks 🙂

  21. Jess Rigg says:

    This is so cool! Love it

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