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Collinsville IL Homes for Sale
The Collinsville IL real estate market is one of the faster growing communities in the Metro East St. Louis area. Collinsville is the self-proclaimed “Horseradish Capital of the World” and sponsors an annual Horseradish Festival. The area is said to produce 85% of the world’s horseradish, of such high quality that Germany and China (key users of the herb) import it for gourmet use. The Horseradish Festival is always during the first weekend in June and is held at Woodland Park located off of Route 159 in Collinsville. There are many activities for all ages, including a 5K, live music, a beauty pageant, and root grinding demonstrations. One of the most popular events is the Root Derby sponsored by American Family Insurance in which participants make a derby car out of a real horseradish root and race them during the festival.
Known for having a large ethnic Italian population, Collinsville also hosts an annual Italian Fest in the fall. The Italian Fest has been held every year since 1983 and is located uptown Collinsville on Main Street. This two day festival celebrates everything Italian and is full of live music and vendors selling authentic Italian food such as spedini, spumoni, bagna cauda, canolli, and Italian Ices. Along with the festival, there are other activities including a parade, midnight bike ride, 5K Run/Walk, Little Miss & Mister Pageant, Bocce BallTournament, and a grape stomp.
Collinsville is also home of the Brooks Catsup Bottle Water Tower, “the world’s largest catsup bottle”, a 170-foot-tall (52 m) water tower in the shape of a ketchup bottle, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The bottle along with the property was put up for sale for USD $500,000.00 on July 12, 2014. In order to celebrate this roadside landmark, Collinsville hosts an annual World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Festival in July.
The Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site is located within the city limits of Collinsville. The largest Pre-Columbian settlement north of Mexico, this was one of the first eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites designated within the United States. At its peak about 1200 CE, it had a population of 20,000-30,000, more than any city in the present-day United States until after 1800. It includes Monks Mound, the largest prehistoric earthwork in the Americas, and more than 70 surviving smaller mounds. Monks Mound is larger at its base than the Great Pyramid of Giza. The complex also includes a reconstructed Woodhenge, used for complex astronomical sightings. There is a museum and visitors’ center.
Collinsville High School, whose teams are stylized as the Kahoks (named for a fictional Native American tribe), has won several Illinois State Championships, in 1961, 1965 (basketball), 1980 (baseball), 1981, 1986, 1991, 1992 (soccer), and 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 (Dance Team).