We never allowed our kids to drink it but there’s no denying the global reach of Coca-Cola. Its bottling started in a store on Main Street Vicksburg.
Between 1886-1894, Cola-Cola was only sold at pharmacy soda fountains. Great for those in the towns but not for rural communities.
Joseph Biedenharn saw the opportunity. By bottling the medicinal nerve tonic and selling it up and down the Mississippi, he established the cornerstone of the independent network of franchised bottlers who today distribute Coca-Cola around the world.
Joseph’s recently restored store is now a small museum and shop.