Box of ages

A new mailbox in Casey, IL, has set a mark recognized by Guinness World Records.

The world’s largest mailbox has come to a small town in Illinois.

The box was built recently on Main Street in Casey (approximate population: 2,700). The box measures 5,473 cubic feet, setting a mark recognized by Guinness World Records.

The mailbox is more than a tourist attraction. It’s also functional — customers can mail cards and letters from it.

“This is fun for the community and it will be fun for visitors too,” said Casey Postmaster Jeff Donsbach. “We hope the new attraction generates more mail and new revenue.”

A local company constructed the rural style box, which sits on a wooden structure that resembles a mailbox post. A tube carries the letters from the top of the box to a ground-level point where Postal Service carriers can collect the mail.

The mega-sized mailbox also will house a Post Office museum.

Guinness’s previous record holder was a Japanese collection box that measured 2,418 cubic feet.