America's Best History Spotlight

On this page we're going to Spotlight the lesser known historic sites and attractions that dot the history landscape across the USA and are worth a visit if you're in their area. And while they may be lesser known, some are very unique, and will be that rare find. You'll be, at times, on the ground floor, or maybe even know something others don't. It'll be fun. Visit them.

Dr. Pepper Museum

Dr. Pepper Museum, Texas

It started with a Brooklyn born pharmacist, Charles Alderton, who worked at a local Waco pharmacy and experimented with concocting a carbonated drink with a unique taste in the early 1880's. It took the name Dr. Pepper in 1885, so it's likely a predate to the beverage that overtook it nationally today. Coca-Cola did not begin to take flight until 1886. Unfortunately there has been a rivalry every since, as well as attempts by Coca-Cola to buy it. Let's forget about that. At first, Alderton claimed it had medicinal qualities; you can argue that. But what you can not argue is the unique, but imperfect success that this somewhat oddly tasting beverage has had over the next century. And today you can visit all its memorabilia and history in a unique museum housed in one of their plants. Photo above: Dr. Pepper Museum housed in the Artesian Manufacturing and Bottling Building where it was manufactured, 2008, Larry D. Moore. Courtesy Wikipedia Commons C.C. 4.0.



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Info, What's There Now, History Nearby

Exhibit at the Dr. Pepper Museum

Dr. Pepper Museum, Texas

While the museum gets support from Dr. Pepper/Snapple and their bottlers, it is a private museum. Both whimsical and technical to the rise of the drink and its place in beverage history, the Dr. Pepper Museum opened in 1991.

There are three floors of exhibits about the company and its founders, an open soda fountain, and a gift store.

Image above: Old Corner Drug Store exhibit with Charles Alderton statue in place, 2016, Michael Barera. Courtesy Wikipedia Commons C.C. 4.0. Below: Advertisement of a cowboy and his Dr. Pepper on wall in Dublin, Texas, 2014, Carol M. Highsmith. Courtesy Library of Congress.


Dr. Pepper Wall Advertisement in Dublin, Texas

Where Is It

The Dr. Pepper Museum is located at 300 South Fifth Street, Waco, Texas, 76701.


What is There Now


Dr. Pepper Museum

The museum is housed in the Artesian Manufacturing and Bottling Building where the drink was bottled from 1906 to the 1960's. In 1983, the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

It has an old-fashioned soda fountain and three floors of exhibits.

When Open and How Much

Open daily, 10:00 to 5:30 Monday to Saturday; 12:00 to 5:30 on Sunday. Admission costs $10 adults, $6 students and children, 4 and under free. And for an extra fee, you can Make a Soda. Other discounts apply.

Fees subject to change.

Websites
Dr. Pepper Museum


History Nearby


There's so much to see around Waco; i.e. Waco Mammoth National Monument, Baylor University's Museum Complex, etc., that there doesn't seem to be too much need for a reminder to the Texas outside Waco, but yes, it's home to sites about the Texas Revolution at the Alamo, San Jacinto, or the Battle of Goliad, and national parks like Big Bend, Lake Roosevelt, and Big Thicket.



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