I imagine everyone knows about Dr Pepper. But did you know there is a museum that celebrates the drink, its originator, and free enterprise? Located in Waco, TX, the Dr Pepper Museum is a fun stop in touring museums. It is different than most museums you might visit.
Dr Pepper was created by Dr. Charles Alderton, a pharmacist working at Morrisons’ Old Corner Drug Store. While he spent the majority of his time mixing medications up for folks, he enjoyed mixing up new flavors to serve at the soda fountain. One of these mixtures stuck and was eventually named Dr Pepper.
The Dr Pepper that is still known today was invented in 1885. This makes it the longest running soft drink company. At the museum, you can see the artesian well that the water originally was gathered from. You can learn about the bottling process. There is an automaton of Dr. Alderton and a replication of the drug store and soda fountain.
There is also a second building that houses a gift shop, soda fountain, and additional exhibits.
When you approach the museum building from the downtown area, be sure to notice the brick color change on the side of the building. This is where you can see the part of the building that survived the deadly tornado that hit the city in May 1953. That is another interesting part of Waco’s history but not for today. Feel free to read about it, though.
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