Typical Early 20th Century Soda Fountain

At the turn of the 20th Century, slews of druggists foisted all kinds of toxic concoctions on the American public. Carbonated brews for depression, melancholy, and impotence - even those for hangovers - were some of the "cure-alls" available at the typical corner soda counters...

It wasn’t until the 1830s that carbonated beverages became popular by the American public. Until that time, manufacturing carbonated water was a very difficult and time consuming process. English Chemist Joseph Priestley in 1767 discovered a method for creating carbonated water by infusing plain water with carbon

In 1770s Kentucky, Blue Lick Springs began its commercial life being used as a source of salt from its trickling streams of saline water. Located above the southern bank of the Licking River, the springs were situated in Nicholas county, across from Robertson county. Within a few years, more productive

Richard S. J. Dutrow was an entrepreneur, druggist, and later a confectioner in the town of Frederick, Maryland. His shop, located at 31 North Market Street in downtown Frederick sold confections, as well as had a soda fountain.