Historic Markers Across Tennessee

First Coca-Cola Bottling Company In The United States

Marker ID: THC 2A 99
Location: on Patten Parkway, Chattanooga, TN
County: Hamilton
Coordinates: N 35° 2.779    W 085° 18.44
  35.04631666    -85.30733333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM24JW


On July 21, 1899, two Chattanooga lawyers, Benjamin Franklin Thomas and Joseph Brown Whitehead, signed a contract with the Coca-Cola Company granting them the exclusive rights to bottle Coca-Cola in most of the United States. Another Chattanooga citizen, John Thomas Lupton, provided financial backing for the future development of the bottling business. The first Coca-Cola Bottling Company began operations at this site in November 1899.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.