A big birthday party begins this week in Dublin, Texas. Residents are celebrating a soda bottling plant like no other in the world. In this week's Lone Star Adventure FOX 4's Richard Ray takes us to the Dr Pepper plant in Dublin.
Dublin is home to the oldest soda bottling plant in the world. The facility is still washing and refilling glass bottles decades after aluminum and plastic made them collectables.
Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. It was first made in Dublin in 1891 by Sam Houston Prim. The plant was later taken over by Bill Kloster whose son owns it today.
Kloster decided back in the 1970s when everyone else was changing their formula from cane sugar to high fructose corn syrup that he didn't like the way it made his Dr. Pepper taste. He refused to change.
Kloster didn't know it at the time, but his refusal to change gave the Dublin plant a huge marketing advantage. Folks travel to Dublin from remarkable distances to take the tour and buy a case. The plant features a museum and an old-fashioned soda fountain.
The bottling operation only happens occasionally now. The plant still fills bottles made in the 1940s, though you can no longer buy them unless you have empties to exchange. The oldest piece of equipment dates from the 1920s and the very newest from the 1960s.
Every summer in the second week in June, Dublin becomes Dr Pepper, Texas and the bottling plant throws a big birthday party. This year will mark the plant's 119th anniversary. The celebration gets underway Monday and runs for a week.
For more information about the Dublin Dr Pepper plant please visit their website.
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