You’ve probably never heard for Virginia Christine. But you might recognize her as Mrs. Olson from Folgers’ retro TV commercials. Christine was a Stanton, Iowa native and in 1971, the southwest Iowa town’s water tower was transformed into a Swedish coffee pot—complete with handle, spout and top knob—in honor of Stanton’s famous daughter.
A symbol of Swedish hospitality, the World’s Largest Swedish Coffee Pot stands at 125 feet and holds about 50,000 gallons (or 800,000 cups of coffee). Nearby you’ll find the World’s Largest Swedish Coffee Cup, erected in 2000.
Earlier this year, Stanton residents rallied in an attempt to save the aging water tower which some had declared a town liability. Finally, the town came to a solution: the tower would be lowered and the coffee pot would be relocated to the Stanton Historical Society grounds. A homecoming party is planned for July 2015 to welcome the Swedish coffee pot to its new location and celebrate its restoration.
World’s Largest Swedish Coffee Pot, Stanton, Iowa
World’s Largest Swedish Coffee Cup, Corner of Hilltop & Highland Avenues in Stanton, Iowa