Historic Markers Across Georgia

Birthplace of Coca-Cola

Marker ID: GHS 60-18
Location: 12 Marietta St, Atlanta, GA
County: Fulton
Coordinates: N 33° 45.253    W 084° 23.400
  33.75421666    -84.39
  The coordinates have been estimated
based on the location of the marker.
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
Birthplace of Coca-Cola Marker
Photo by Todd Massar


Birthplace of Coca-Cola

The first glass of Coca-Cola was sold for five cents on May 8, 1886, at Jacobs' Pharmacy, a popular Atlanta soda fountain that was located on this corner. Coca-Cola was created by Atlanta pharmacist John Pemberton in his laboratory just a short walk from this location. Atlanta businessman Asa Candler began to purchase the rights to the formula for Coca-Cola in 1888 and founded The Coca-Cola Company in 1892 as a Georgia corporation to manufacture and advertise Coca-Cola across the country. Candler sold the company in 1919 for $25 million to a group of investors that included Ernest Woodruff. His son, Robert Woodruff, led Coca-Cola for more than half of the twentieth century, expanding Coca-Cola into a global business. Today Coca-Cola is the most widely recognized consumer product in the world.

  Erected by the Georgia Historical Society 
 2016.5 and The Coca-Cola Company 60-18


Dedicated: May 16, 2016