Giant Solo Paper Cup in Springfield, Missouri
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Giant Solo Paper Cup in Springfield, Missouri

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Giant Solo Paper Cup, 1100 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, Missouri

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I remember, as a child, having a plastic solo cup dispenser in our bathroom. You’d pull from it, one at a time, teeny tiny paper cups. Those teeny tiny paper cups held just enough water for a quick swig before bed or a rinse after brushing your teeth. They didn’t need to be any bigger. Didn’t need to be. Of course, you know our motto around here: the bigger, the better. So wouldn’t it have been better to have, say, a giant Solo paper cup? One that could tower over a two-story building perhaps?

A giant Solo paper cup (perhaps even the world’s largest cup) stood as the entrance to the Solo Cup company offices in Springfield, Missouri. A Lily-Tulip factory opened at the location in 1952, followed by Sweetheart, followed by Solo. While the name has changed over the years the cup has remained an iconic landmark in Springfield.

I hope you were able to take a few photos (and a big gulp) while you could: Solo Cup Co. recently closed this plant. The building was bought out and, in 2015, the giant solo paper cup was demolished.

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Giant Solo Paper Cup in Springfield, Missouri

Giant Solo Paper Cup in Springfield, Missouri

Giant Solo Paper Cup in Springfield, Missouri

Site: Giant Solo Paper Cup
Location: 1100 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, Missouri
Hours: Always visible
Cost: Free to see
Notes: No longer there, demolished in 2015

 

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Val

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination to roadside attractions started early. Val blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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