The World’s Largest Basket
I have a confession. I love baskets. More specifically, I love Longaberger baskets. I have several boxes full of them that I should take out of storage and display. And if you’re a Longaberger basket fan and you find yourself in Ohio, you really shouldn’t resist a stop at what is the World’s Largest Basket in Dresden.
This house-sized basket, which is prominently displayed on the corner of Main St. and W. 5th St., took 10 maple trees and 2,000 employee hours to complete in 1990. The basket who many call a picnic basket is actually modeled after Longaberger’s popular Market basket.
The dimensions of the basket measure 48 feet long, 11 feet wide and 23 feet high.
The World’s Largest Basket Building
While this basket is pretty impressive, it shrinks when compared to the 7-story-tall building that once served as Longaberger’s headquarters in nearby Newark.
The large basket building is also a medium-sized Market Basket.
The 185,000 square foot basket sits on 21-acres along State Route 16 and is easily visible from the road. The building originally cost $30 million dollars to build.
I wasn’t content to drive by and not get a closer look. I photographed the building from the right and left and drove into the parking lot to get a better look.
I would love to have stepped inside the lobby when it was open to get a view of the glass atrium and hope whoever purchases the building (yes, it’s for sale folks) restores it and permits visitors.
I had also planned to stop at the Longaberger Homestead in Frazeysburg to photograph the World’s Largest Apple Basket. Unfortunately, I discovered that I didn’t plan our visit well since the Homestead was actually closed on the day we stopped by. I admit, I was more than a little bit disappointed but now I realize that just gives me a reason to plan a road trip on another day.
Planning a road trip and looking for more attractions like this? Check this out—–> Over 50 Roadside Attractions in the United States.