The Uranus, Missouri complex (actually near St. Robert, Missouri) mostly is known for its silly but attention-getting name and mildly scatological puns associated with it.
Now it’s known as the honest-to-goodness home of the world’s largest belt buckle.
Louie Keen, owner and “The Mayor” of Uranus, Missouri, received word Tuesday his belt buckle that measures more than 10 feet tall and more than 13 feet wide officially was certified as the world’s largest by Guinness World Records. The buckle was inspected May 26.
Here’s a photo taken Tuesday that shows the scale of the big belt buckle:
The buckle is in the complex near The Funkyard Palace, behind the Possum House.
A news release Tuesday touted the Guinness certification in Uranus, Missouri’s typically cheeky way:
The “World’s Largest Belt Buckle” pays homage to its appeal in the Midwestern Lifestyle. The Mayor’s motto is, “It’s gotta be BIG if it’s in Uranus!” What better way to do that than to have “The World’s Largest Belt Buckle” establishing its home in Uranus, Missouri. […]
Created and designed locally, the process took over a year and a half to complete. Team Uranus, The Mayor, Ed Wilson, Travis Baur and Nick Nickels along with many staff members helped put this together. John Mackey was the certified surveyor. The witnesses were Julie Mariea Harmon, local business owner of Nona’s Kitchen, and Beth Wiles from Pulaski County Tourism.
The previous record-holder reputedly was in Quartzsite, Arizona, at the main trading post.
The Uranus, Missouri, complex also contains the Uranus Fudge Factory and General Store, sports bar, nightclub, tattoo shop, festival food truck lot and an outdoor store with a gun range.
It long was known by motorists passing on Route 66 and Interstate 44 for the big neon sign touting Big Louie’s gentleman’s club. But apparently Keen decided to diversify his revenue stream a few years ago with a few, more sedate, tourist-trap ventures.
(Image of the world’s largest belt bucklet at Uranus, Missouri, via Facebook)