A Coke and a Smile

One of the great things about traveling is the spontaneity you can have, apart from the regular routine of your daily life. We decided to start the morning off by visiting the Warren County-Vicksburg Public Library, which is full of light streaming in the wall of windows and packed with patrons coming and going. Clearly, the city is full of readers. I checked the shelf for A Thousand Never Evers, but they didn’t have it, so I dropped off a postcard to the young adult librarian.

Then we drove down Washington Street. We thought we were leaving town, on our way up to the Delta, but that’s not what happened. Out the window, we spotted something unusual–a Coca-Cola museum! We had to check it out.

Joseph Biedenharn used to own a candy store here. He received shipments of Coca-Cola syrup from Atlanta, which he sold as fountain drinks. But in 1894, he got an idea: Why not put the fountain drink in bottles? And as they say, the rest is history.

This little museum is chock-full of amazing Coke memorabilia–including old advertisements, bottles that changed decade by decade, and a replica of the machine first used in the bottling process. Plus the old-fashioned candy store has been recreated. You can buy candy, ice cream, Coke fountain drinks, Coke in bottles, and Coke floats. Yum!

The Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum is run by the Vicksburg Foundation for Historic Preservation. It’s a delicious treat to visit.

Posted in Shana's Posts, That's Life on 07/26/2009 07:31 am

1 Comment

  1. Sounds like a fabulous little side trip! Isn’t it amazing what we can see in the world around us when we really have our eyes and minds open to seeing? 🙂

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