- Associated Press - Sunday, October 11, 2015

MARTINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois community is hoping to earn a world record distinction with a giant anvil weighing more than two tons.

The Journal Gazette & Times-Courier reports (https://bit.ly/1VLbRw3 ) the cast iron anvil was installed Thursday in Martinsville’s Linn Park where a blacksmith shop once operated.

Martinsville community booster Brenda Littlejohn says details about the anvil have been sent to Guinness World Records for possible recognition.

Martinsville-based Rowe Foundry made the anvil. The foundry also forged a giant horseshoe that stands at the Martinsville Agricultural Fairgrounds. Ellen Norton of Rowe Foundry says the anvil is 33 1/2 inches tall and 78 inches long.

The nearby community of Casey claims to have the world’s largest rocking chair and the world’s largest wind chime.

Martinsville is about 100 miles southeast of Springfield, Illinois.


Information from: Mattoon Journal-Gazette, https://www.jg-tc.com

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