Other roadside attractions might want to take this record to court, but you can find the official world’s largest gavel in Marshall, Illinois, just outside of Casey.
Big things creator Jim Bolin started creating world’s largest versions of everyday things in order to drive tourism to his hometown of Casey, Illinois. But he didn’t want to stop there. Case in point: when it came time to place this larger than life mallet, he looked to Marshall, a neighboring town where several historical figures, including Abraham Lincoln, once practiced law.
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The giant gavel is smoothly carved out of Red Oak and measures 5 feet 1 inch tall and 16 feet 8 inches long. It was unveiled at the Clark County Courthouse on June 1, 2018 and officially certified by Guinness World Records as world’s largest on September 28, 2019.
Now, this is where you might object. In Columbus, Ohio you can find another roadside attraction billing itself as the World’s Largest Gavel. That one? It measures in at 30 feet long by 13 feet high. Bigger than our one here in Casey. So why isn’t that one certified instead?
According to Guinness, any world’s largest record holder “must be made of the same materials used in the manufacture of the regular sized version – in this case, an exact outsized, to-scale replica of an commercially available gavel.”
And that one in Ohio? It’s made of stainless steel. Not what you’d find in a typical gavel.
What’s your verdict? Do you object? Is this the biggest gavel in the world? Or would you look towards Ohio? Me? I’m going to say objection overruled.
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World’s Largest Gavel
Address: S 6th St, Marshall, IL 62441
Cost: Free to See
Hours: Always Visible