Students visit the old Coca-Cola Bottling Co., on Elm Street in Shelbyville, in September 1959. (T-G file photo)
If you attended Bedford County schools during the years soft drinks were actually bottled in Shelbyville, your educational process probably included field trips to one or more of the bottling plants. It was a growing-up tradition in Shelbyville for years.
Pictured here is a school group touring the old Coca-Cola plant, in the still-existing large, brick building on Elm Street, in September 1959. Unfortunately, the envelope containing the negative didn't note what school or grade level was pictured.
Years later my classes were shuttled through that plant, and also the RC Cola plant, in the Lane Parkway building that now houses Bedford County's workhouse.
Don't forget the Brantley family's Pepsi and 7-Up plant on Madison Street, in the current Mini-Mall building.
Things have changed so much for the better. It wasn't that many years that each soft drink had one flavor only and came only in glass bottles. Makes me appreciate plastic bottles (environmentalists probably disagree with me!) and multiple flavors.
Picturing the Past is a weekly Tuesday feature of this blog.