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Johnson City in Washington County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Johnson City

Home of Mountain Dew

 
 
Johnson City Home of Mountain Dew Marker (Side 1) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, November 2, 2019
1. Johnson City Home of Mountain Dew Marker (Side 1)
Inscription.  
This is the former site of the Tri-City Beverage Corporation, of which Charles O. Gordon was the owner-president. In 1954 the Tri-City Beverage became one of the first to bottle "Mountain Dew", a clear lemon-lime flavored drink. Four years later Plant Manager Bill Bridgeforth developed a new citrus-lemonade flavored drink called Tri-City Lemonade. In 1960 he placed his citrus-lemonade flavor into the Mountain Dew bottles, which is the flavor in Mountain Dew today. The rights to this formula were obtained by William H. "Bill" Jones of the Tip Corporation of Marion, Virginia, in 1961.

Three years later in August 1964, the Mountain Dew brand and production rights were acquired from Tip by the Pepsi-Cola Company, now known as PepsiCo Corporation, at which point distribution expanded across the United States and is the third-biggest refreshment beverage in the U.S. In 2012 the PepsiCo Corporation introduced a new Mountain Dew called "Johnson City Gold" and is the only Pepsi product known to carry the name of a U.S. city.
 
Erected 2019 by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list. A significant historical month for this entry is August 1964.
 
Location. 36° 18.505′ N, 82° 21.706′ W. Marker is in Johnson City, Tennessee, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Walnut Street and Cherokee Street, on the right when traveling east on Walnut Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 801 W Walnut St, Johnson City TN 37604, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tree Streets Historic District (approx. 0.3 miles away); National Pan-Hellenic Council Plaza (approx. 0.4 miles away); Borchuck Plaza (approx. half a mile away); Memorial Fountain (approx. half a mile away); Desegregation of East Tennessee State College (University) (approx. half a mile away); Elbert Columbus "E.C." Miller (approx. half a mile away); State Flag (approx. half a mile away); Colored Christian Church and Colored School (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Johnson City.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Historical marker unveiled recognizing Johnson City as the home of Mountain Dew. (Submitted on November 17, 2019, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
 
Johnson City Home of Mountain Dew Marker (Side 2) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, November 2, 2019
2. Johnson City Home of Mountain Dew Marker (Side 2)
Johnson City Home of Mountain Dew Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, November 2, 2019
3. Johnson City Home of Mountain Dew Marker
Johnson City Home of Mountain Dew Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, November 2, 2019
4. Johnson City Home of Mountain Dew Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 17, 2019, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 835 times since then and 89 times this year. Last updated on July 25, 2021, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 17, 2019, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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