You can explore the shop where Coca-Cola was first bottled over a century ago in Vicksburg, Mississippi! This small town candy store has been immortalized by the actions of the Summer of 1894. Today, Coca-Cola fans make the pilgrimage to this landmark to learn about its beginnings.
Joe Biedenharn owned this small candy store in downtown Vicksburg. It was called Biedenharn Candy Company and serviced much of the areas sweet tooth. During the summer of 1894, Joe decided to make a leap. He had previously sold soda water glass by glass from a soda fountain but one day he had a great idea.
Joe asked Coke to send him about 2,000 gallons of their syrup. They agreed and he found that he could mix the soda water and their syrup. The next thing he knew his shop was filled with people young and old demanding a bottle of that new concoction. He bottled his beverage and it became an instant success.
The Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum is open to the public. It is located in historic downtown Vicksburg at 1107 Washington Street. For more information about hours and admission please click here.
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