Celebrate and Remember


TODAY IS THE DR PEPPER MUSEUM’S 19TH BIRTHDAY!  YAY!  We are so happy to be in our 19th year of serving you — peppers around the world! — by opening the doors of the historic Artesian Manufacturing and Bottling Company and telling the awesome story of Dr Pepper and the soft drink industry.  We have welcomed over 1 million people, and as a special celebratory treat here is a short history of the DPM in pictures!

The abandoned Artesian Manufacturing and Bottling Company

In such a sad state...but getting better!

The Founders contemplating the future of the Museum

Officially making the Museum a reality!

Opening day of the Museum! May 11, 1991

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the W. W. Foots Free Enterprise Institute

Digging up the old parking lot to make the courtyard!

Moving the giant original boiler out of the building and into the courtyard

Gingerly moving an original Waco Dr Pepper sign into the courtyard

Old Doc and Peggy Pepper with our 1 millionth visitor family!

The Dr Pepper Museum today!


Today also marks the 57th anniversary of the tornado that devastated downtown Waco and took the lives of 114 citizens.  Before the tornado, downtown Waco was a bustling center of business, networking, and industry.  The impact of the tornado was so deep that it became too costly and hazardous to rebuild businesses and homes where they had been before, so the bustle that defined downtown for so long moved elsewhere.  We kinda like to think the restoration of the Artesian Manufacturing and Bottling Company was the spark that led to the amazing downtown revitalization we are experiencing today in Waco.  In an unfortunate coincidence, Oklahoma experienced several tornadoes yesterday, leaving five people dead and huge areas stretching up to Kansas in rubble.  Our hearts go out to our northern neighbors while they recover.

2010-05-11T20:47:51-05:00May 11th, 2010|

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