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Plaque awarded for 75 years of producing Coca Cola in Dubuque
Photo courtesy: Ray Grant

COCA-COLA BOTTLING COMPANY. The first mention of "coco cola" (sic) being manufactured in Dubuque comes in 1905 when the company had thirty employees. From 1905 through 1910 the national company used clear bottles. Because these were expensive to make and were cleaned and reused, the company continued to use the old bottles but converted to the amber bottles from 1911 to 1915.

In 1915 the national company went to the "hobble-skirt" bottle familiar until cans were introduced. The Dubuque plant immediately converted to the company bottle, although the national company allowed local bottlers to continued using the straight-sided bottles until 1923.

Original straight-sided bottle used from 1905-1910.
Amber straight-sided bottle used locally from 1911-1915.
Close-up of amber bottle.
The well-known Coca-Cola "hobble-skirt" bottle used prior to the introduction of cans.
Variety of bases
Bottle Opener. Photo courtesy: Bob Reding
Photo courtesy: Bob Reding
Observe of token

Reverse of token

In 1910 a portion of the former PEASLEE & COMPANY was leased to H. A. Hill for the manufacture of this product. (1)

The 1911-12 Dubuque City Directory listed 272 4th.

The 1922 through 1964 Dubuque City Directory listed 441 White.

The 1966 through 1993 Dubuque City Directory listed 2435 Kerper Blvd.



1. "Will Make Coco Cola in Dubuque," Telegraph Herald, April 26, 1910, p. 24. Online: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=w25CAAAAIBAJ&sjid=86oMAAAAIBAJ&pg=3732,1521922&dq=peaslee+and+company+dubuque&hl=en