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Coca-Cola
Texas

Artifacts go better with

Images of Coca-Cola signs
painted on small town walls

Coca Cola sign at Cuero Bottling Works
The Real Thing in Cuero
TE Photo
Collectors of Coca Cola memorabilia have been known to go to great lengths to add to their collections, but they haven't yet figured out how to strip the paint off walls. There is no doubt, someone, somewhere who has even moved into a former Coca-Cola bottling works. Texas has by far the greatest number of these former plants than any other state. Many are still vacant awaiting buyers. Monahans, Marshall, Beeville, and Cuero are a few that we've seen for sale. Many others have been bulldozed into parking lots.

Many of the hand painted signs that once advertised the drink have been (with varying degrees of skill) repainted in small towns all around Texas. The simple charm of the signs strikes a chord with people of a particular age.

The once standard 61/2 ounce bottle of coke used to be embossed at the bottom with the name of the local bottler. It would be interesting to know the reason behind this extra effort. Surely there wasn't an attempt to keep them within districts.

Abilene, Amarillo, Baytown, Beeville, Beaumont, Brownsville, Coleman, Corpus Christi, Cuero, Del Rio, Denton, Eastland, El Paso, Fort Worth, Galveston, Goliad, Henderson, Houston, Huntsville, Laredo, Lufkin, Marshall, Monahans, Nacogdoches, Ozona, Paris, Pecos, Quannah, San Angelo, San Antonio, Tyler, Uvalde, and Victoria are Texas towns that once had their own local bottling works.

In this section we include images of Coca-Cola signs that are painted on small town walls, or in some cases, images of the bottling plants themselves. Some of the signs are "ghost signs" meaning faded but original work. Others are reproductions painted on top of former signs.

Readers are invited to send in signs from towns that we've missed or haven't yet found.

John Troesser

Coca-Cola

FEATURES

  • Coca-Cola Signs, Ghost Signs, Plants in Texas
    Photos by Barclay Gibson

  • Coca-Cola Trucks and Bottling Works of SE New Mexico 1936 - 1965
    Vintage Photos from the Barclay Gibson Collection

  • Painted Signs in Fayette County 1938


    IMAGES
  • Coca-Cola Bottling Works

  • Beeville
  • Graham
  • Terrell

  • Coca-Cola Cars/Trucks
  • Coca Cola Advertising Cars, 1930s
  • Coca Cola Trucks, 1930s
  • Coca Cola Truck, 1928


    Coca-Cola Signs in Texas

  • Abilene
  • Baird
  • Bartlett
  • Belton
  • Blue Ridge
  • Booker
  • Bracken
  • Buckholts
  • Burton
  • Cameron
  • Celina
  • Center - French Coca-Cola sign
  • Charlie - Old box
  • Childress
  • Christoval
  • Clarksville
  • Coleman
  • Colorado City
  • Crockett
  • Crosbyton
  • Crowell
  • Cuero
  • Decatur
  • Dundee
  • Earth
  • Flomot
  • Fredericksburg
  • Jefferson
  • Gause
  • Gilmer
  • Gonzales
  • Grand Saline
  • Hico
  • Italy
  • Jacksboro
  • Karnack - Money back bottles
  • Kilgore
  • Kiomatia
  • Knippa
  • Kress
  • La Vernia
  • Littlefield
  • Maple
  • Mexia
  • Munday
  • Nacogdoches
  • Newton
  • Nocona
  • Nugent
  • Orchard
  • Paducah
  • Port Arthur
  • Pittsburg
  • Plainview
  • Quanah
  • Sanger
  • Shiro
  • Snook
  • Stamford
  • Star
  • Stewart
  • Thorndale
  • Tioga
  • Van Alstyne
  • Wallis
  • Wellington
  • Wichita Falls
  • Wolfe City


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  • Quanah Tx Ghost Sign
    Ghost Sign in Quanah
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008

     


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