Micanopy in Alachua County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The History of Pepsi Cola
Micanopy Historical Society Museum
Among the refreshing drinks Pharmacist Caleb Bradham of New Bern, NC, created for the customers at the soda fountain in his drugstore was his most popular “Brad’s drink” made of carbonated water, sugar, vanilla, rare oils, pepsin and cola nuts and first mixed in 1893.
In 1898, “Brad’s drink” was renamed Pepsi Cola and trademarked in 1903. Bradham’s neighbor, an artist designed the first Pepsi logo and ninety-seven shares of stock for Bradham’s new company were issued.
After seventeen years of success, Pepsi Cola went bankrupt in 1923.
In 1931, Pepsi Cola was bought by the Loft Candy Company whose president, Charles G. Guth reformulated the popular soft drink. Guth struggled to make a success of Pepsi and even offered to sell Pepsi to the Coca-Cola company, who refused to offer a bid.
In 1940, history was made when the first advertising jingle “Nickel, Nickel” was broadcast nationally, referring to the price of 12 ounces of Pepsi. “Nickel Nickel” became a hit record and was recorded into fifty-five languages.
In 1964, Diet Pepsi was introduced.
Topics. This historical Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1893.
Location. 29° 30.463′ N, 82° 16.762′ W. Marker is in Micanopy, Florida, in Alachua County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Northeast Cholokka Boulevard and Northeast Bay Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Marker is attached to the entrance wall to the Micanopy Historical Society Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 607 NE Cholokka Blvd, Micanopy FL 32667, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thrasher Warehouse (here, next to this marker); Home Made Tractor (a few steps from this marker); Grindstone (within shouting distance of this marker); Micanopy Railroad History (within shouting distance of this marker); Sugar Trough (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Sibley Tent Stove (within shouting distance of this marker); Micanopy (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Moses Elias Levy (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Micanopy.
Regarding The History of Pepsi Cola. This marker is uniquely fabricated using an antique Pepsi sign with the inscription inlayed in the center and sealed in Plexiglas.
Also see . . .
1. History of Pepsi Cola. (Submitted on June 21, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
2. Pepsi Commercial Jingle. (Submitted on June 22, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 20, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 226 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 20, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.