Terre Haute Coca-Cola Bottling Company

Shortly after I moved into my Terre Haute apartment in 1989, I rode my bike around the neighborhood with my camera in my hands. The local Coca-Cola bottling plant was only four blocks away, in a great art-deco building where they filled glass bottles of Coke. They still produced 10-ounce bottles, a real throwback even then. You could buy them in six packs at most local grocery stores. I drank a ton of them.

Times were changing. The plant stopped producing 10-ounce bottles within a couple years; by the mid-90s, even the standard 16-ounce bottles were done for. I hear that this plant now only warehouses Coke bottled elsewhere. And this great sign is gone. So much has changed in my old neighborhood since I left. I wish I’d shot a dozen rolls of film on that ride, rather than just this one. But film and processing weren’t cheap, and I didn’t have much money then, so I’m happy to have even this photo.

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Captured: Terre Haute Coca-Cola Bottling Company

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4 thoughts on “Captured: Terre Haute Coca-Cola Bottling Company

  1. Great photo… reminds me of back when my grandparents, and I of course at the time would ONLY drink the 6 and a half ounce bottles as pictured .. they always tasted the best to me.. but, the old folks of course…were probably still drawn to them for other reasons as well.

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  2. Looks like you did well with the chance you had with this sign. I’m like you in wishing I had taken more photos back in the day. I imagine there is a lot of great stuff that never was recorded. At least now with digital it seems like there are hundreds of images of everything.

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    • Thanks Ted! I wish I had the money back in the day to take more bike rides with my camera. I wanted to do things like that, just photograph whatever was around me, but I just didn’t have the money. I’ll bet I’d have photos of the places of my childhood, and that they would be very precious to me today.

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