Casselton Can Pile
"World's Largest Tower of Oil Cans"
Casselton, North Dakota
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"Casselton Can Pile" Photo Tour
Casselton Can Pile...
Reported to be
the "World's Largest Tower of Oil Cans", the
"Casselton Can Pile", as it is regionally known, is a fun
North Dakota roadside attraction with history. The "Can
Pile", in its prime, served as a landmark on what was once
"US Highway 10" (replaced by Interstate 94) also referred to as
Built in 1933
by a man named Max G. Taubert, the owner/operator of a Sinclair gas
station and small lunch counter located at the intersection of
Highway 10 and Highway 18. It is here where Max began stacking
empty oil cans into a cone shape - probably for lack of a better
place to discard them and, after a while, probably because of the
notoriety the "Can Pile" started to attract. So much
notoriety, in fact, that the gas station itself came to be known as the
"Can Pile", although its original name was the "Brick
provide conflicting information concerning the actual height and
width of the famed "Casselton Can Pile", ranging between
50 feet to 25 feet in height and between 18 feet to 15 feet in
width. Still, it is rumored to be the "World's Largest Tower
of Oil Cans", although it may be the only tower of oil cans in
existence. It is
anybody's guess as to the number of cans that make up this colossal tower, but it must be in the thousands. It is now owned by
Loegering Manufacturing which displays it proudly in its parking lot
in Casselton, North Dakota.
Can Pile Fun Facts...
Fact #1: The
"Casselton Can Pile" was built around an old windmill
tower, with the lower half acting as a combination chicken coup and
pigeon house. The remainder of the tower is solid oil cans to
Fact #2: The "Casselton Can Pile" withstood a tornado attack.
If you look at the tower, it is abundantly clear that it is not a straight tower - it leans dramatically. It
is not clear if it had been actually knocked over at one point and reconstructed,
or just tipped a little. Locals seem to remember a tornado in the
late 70's or early 80's that may have been the culprit. This
particular tornado was powerful enough to rip the roof from an
Fact #3: The "Casselton Can Pile" has been moved approximately 300 feet to the northeast from its original 1933 building site. In its prime, the tower was said to have stood an astounding 50 feet tall.
How to Find It...
To find this
truly unique North Dakota roadside attraction take EXIT 331 off of
Interstate 94 (Casselton exit). Go towards the town of
Casselton for about 200 feet then turn LEFT onto the frontage road
along the Interstate. Travel about a block or two and you will
see the "Casselton Can Pile" in all its enormous
glory. You can't miss it, trust me!