Casey, Illinois is a small town with big dreams! Like many small communities across the country, we are hoping to keep our town growing. It is our dream to create something unique and interesting enough to convince travelers to make our community a stop on their journey. The World’s Largest Wind Chime was one of the first steps we took to help our dream become a reality. The Chime was the vision of local businessman, Jim Bolin. He spent two years on the design, planning and fabrication of the Chime. He involved his family and his co-workers at Bolin Enterprises in the endeavor. The finished product is the result of the hard work of many talented people. It is a gift to our community from the Bolin family.
Most of the fabrication and construction work on the chime was completed off-site at the facitlites of Bolin Enterprises. After months of planning and building, the framework for the Chime was assembled at 109 East Main Street on November 17th, 2011. The chime tubes were hung the next month, and many community members braved the cold to be present to offer their support.
The chime frame measures over fifty-five feet from the ground to the top of the cross. The longest chime measures forty-two feet. The entire structure is made of steel. Two sets of symbols from the Christian faith have been used to brace the Chime structure. The fish, also known as the Ichthys, has been a symbol of the followers of Jesus Christ since the first century. The Star of David represents the belief that Jesus Christ is the prophesied King from the lineage of King David who is the Messiah promised to the Jewish people in the Old Testament.
The Chime has been officially designated by Guinness World Records as the World’s Largest Wind Chime. You can see the page for the Wind Chime on their web site. We are excited about the interest the Chime has generated in our community! We have followed the first record with three additional official Guinness Records: The World’s Largest Knitting Needle, the World’s Largest Crochet Hook, and the World’s Largest Golf Tee! We welcome you to join folks from 49 states and 13 foreign countries who have visited Casey! You’ll have the “chime” of your life!