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Vicksburg in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Joseph Biedenharn and the First Bottling of Coca-Cola

 
 
Joseph Biedenharn and the First Bottling of Coca-Cola Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
1. Joseph Biedenharn and the First Bottling of Coca-Cola Marker
Inscription.  On a summer day in 1894, Joseph Biedenharn, a candy merchant and soda fountain operator, had an idea that would reshape the soft drink industry. He took the popular fountain beverage, Coca-Cola, put it in bottles, and delivered it to rural areas outside of Vicksburg. It was the first time Coca-Cola had been sold in bottles. Mr. Biedenharn created a totally new concept of marketing the beverage and established the cornerstone of the independent network of franchise bottlers who now distribute bottled Coca-Cola all over the world. Born in 1866, Joseph Biedenharn was the eldest of eight children and, in his teens, became part of the candy business founded by his father and uncle. Later, he and his brothers Will, Harry, Lawrence, Herman, Ollie, Albert and sister Katy acquired franchises to bottle Coca-Cola in Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. The building located at 1107 Washington Street, where the first bottling took place, was built in 1890 and is operated today as the museum interpreting this important moment in our nation's history.

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Erected 2003 by the City of Vicksburg Riverfront Mural Committee.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1894.
 
Location. 32° 21.058′ N, 90° 53.036′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is on Levee Street north of Clay Street, on the left when traveling north. The Vicksburg Riverfront Murals are located on the Yazoo Diversion Canal levee wall. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vicksburg MS 39183, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "New Beginnings & Lasting Legacies" (here, next to this marker); Dedication of the Illinois Monument (here, next to this marker); Sisters of Mercy (a few steps from this marker); Crossing the Mississippi (a few steps from this marker); The Sultana's Last Voyage (a few steps from this marker); Washington Street (a few steps from this marker); "The War Between the States" (a few steps from this marker); Teddy Roosevelt Bear Hunt (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
 
Also see . . .  The Vicksburg Riverfront Mural website. (Submitted on June 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Joseph Biedenharn and the First Bottling of Coca-Cola Mural image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
2. Joseph Biedenharn and the First Bottling of Coca-Cola Mural
The Biedenharn building - Location of the first bottling of Coca-Cola (Building now a museum). image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, October 26, 2017
3. The Biedenharn building - Location of the first bottling of Coca-Cola (Building now a museum).
Vicksburg, Mississippi waterfront levee wall murals. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
4. Vicksburg, Mississippi waterfront levee wall murals.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 24, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 621 times since then and 34 times this year. Last updated on January 22, 2022, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   3. submitted on October 26, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   4. submitted on June 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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