A small rural town in East Central Illinois, Clark County, Casey grew up as a farming community in the early 1800’s, with 2 Railroads serving the area. The Pennsylvania RR and the Doty RR. In the mid 1800’s oil reserves were discovered under this fertile farm land, thus a new opportunity sprung up and oil pump jacks began showing up in the area. Today, over 1 million barrels of crude oil is gathered each year in Clark County.
As a booming town in the 1970’s, and 80’s Casey was home to many factories which provided employment opportunities for many folks. Unfortunately, during the late 1990’s and early 2000’s these factories closed. Thus, taking the “wind out of Casey’s sails”. Many folks moved out of the area to find work and unfortunately many stores and businesses couldn’t survive the loss of a lower population.
In 2011 a family in Casey wanted to give back and had a vision to try to drive economic development and put Casey back on the map. Their idea…create BIG things and they will come. So, in 2011 the World’s Largest Wind Chime was introduced. From there it has grown to 9 Guinness book of World Records items which include the World’s Largest Golf Tee, World’s Largest Knitting Needles and Crochet Hook, World’s Largest Mail Box, World’s Largest Rocking Chair, World’s Largest Wooden Shoes, World’s Largest Pitch Fork, and soon to be World’s Largest Gavel. But it didn’t stop there. There are several BIG items that are not world records, but add to the scenery around our town. Things like a Large Pencil, a Large Bird Cage and even a Large Minion…plus more. All, provide for that perfect photo opportunity.
Immediately off I-70 (exit 129) between St. Louis to the West and Indianapolis to the East, Casey is quickly becoming a destination for tourists. Today, thousands of visitors stop by to see all the “Big Things” and enjoy the hospitality of our Restaurants, Unique Shops and other small businesses. Casey is a welcoming community and we’d love have you visit us. It’s also a great place to live and own business in a small town.