Historical marker in downtown Dublin, Texas:
Sam Houston Prim (1863-1946) arrived in Dublin in 1891 with $680 worth of bottling equipment, purchasing property at the southeast corner of Patrick and Elm Streets to house his bottling works. Prim bottled Dr Pepper, along with other products, under an informal agreement until 1925, when he formally chose as a Dr Pepper distribution territory a 44-mile radius centered on Dublin—an area that remains as the company’s territory today. At the time of Prim’s death, Dr Pepper executives noted that he had bottled the soft drink longer than any other individual. The company has remained in operation since that time, making it the oldest Dr Pepper bottler in the world.
This marker (Number 15878) was erected by Texas Historical Commission in 2009. The marker is located on Elm Street by/in front of Dublin Bottling Works. Events after 2009 make the last sentence outdated.
- Dublin 1891 Red Cola – “Dublin 1891 Red Cola is something I can easily recommend. If you’re Texan it’s worth drinking to support a great Texas soda company.”
- Dublin Dr Pepper or Bust: A Look at the Iconic Texas Factory – “Today the bottling plant still manufactures and sells seven different soda flavors made with real cane sugar.”
- Dublin Bottling Works – “Our tiny bottling plant in Dublin, Texas, serves customers throughout the Lone Star State and the entire world. We’ve been bottling sodas for more than 120 years at the oldest soda bottling facility in the State of Texas.”
- Dublin Dr Pepper – “Dublin Dr Pepper followed the original recipe, using cane sugar as the sweetener as opposed to newer high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).”
- Dublin Dr Pepper Responds to Texas Lawsuit Filed by Corporate Partner – “As the city’s largest private employer, Dublin Dr Pepper helps generate significant city and county tax revenue by hiring local employees and drawing more than 80,000 visitors to the community every year.”
- Dr Pepper deal leaves small-town Dublin with a bitter taste – “For decades, anyone entering the First National Bank of Dublin could get a free bottle of sugar-sweetened Dublin Dr Pepper. Not anymore.”
- The Dublin Citizen, January 19, 2012
[i] Dr Pepper was (and I believe still is) the third-largest U.S. soda manufacturing company. When Dr Pepper stopped using cane sugar and replaced it with high fructose corn syrup, the Dublin plant kept using the original recipe. Its popularity – which the parent company tried to duplicate with the “knockoff” Heritage Dr Pepper (which used beet sugar rather than cane sugar). Apparently not satisfied with this solution, they later sued Dublin Dr Pepper and put an end to its existence, as well as their connection to “the oldest Dr Pepper bottler in the world.”