Recent Event Highlights: Soda fountain on KU campus, The Old Store opens, Fraese Drug opens, Potwin Drug Store opens, The Arctic Soda Fountain, Gustavus Dows upgrades soda fountain, and 6 more...
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The first soda fountain on KU's campus was opened Sept. 7 in the new pharmacy building.
In 2000, Kansas had approximately 48 working soda fountains. Now, in 2009, there are 38 working soda fountains around Kansas. The soda fountains are listed as one of the eight wonders of Kansas.
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Opened in 1950 in Johnson, Kan. and has an original 1920 oak back bar. The store also features quilting machine that can be rented. It is currently owned by Diane Floyd.
Fraese Drug began in 1939 by Walt Fraese. He owned the drugstore until 1961 when he sold it to Sid Trebilcock. The drugstore was moved to the Wiley Plaza in 1988 and is currently owned by Janet Ellis and Don Kaufman.
Fraese's is most known for its chili, pies and malts.
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This fountain opened in 1935 and still uses the original spigots. It was originally located in Baker's Drug Store.
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The Prohibition banned the selling of alcohol. Soda fountains gained their popularity during this time because the bars closed, and people were looking for a new social venue.
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Formally known as Edelblutes and owned by Mr. Edelblute.
He sold the drug store in 1946 to Lloyd Raisch who owned the store until 1968. It was then sold to Albert Wilson who owned the store until 1976 when he sold the store and auctioned all of the things inside.
The Potwin Place Development Association purchased everything offered in the auction and planned to reopen the soda fountain.
The group offered the auctioned items to the city of Topeka under the circumstance that it become an active soda fountain. Using all the original fixtures and fountains, they rebuilt the new "old" store including the soda fountain.
Now the Potwin Drug Store gives visitors an opportunity to go back in time and experience the old Edelblutes.
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The building that now houses Aldrich Apothecary has been home to a drug store since 1892 operating first as Leach Drug Store.
The soda fountain began its use in the 1920s. It features a back bar and mirror, brass foot rail, stools, a tiled counter and marble counter top. Green rivers and cherry phosphates or still sold here. The owner is Connie Aldrich.
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The soda fountain located in Gibson Health Mart has been active since the day it opened in 1892.
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The Arctic was a soda fountain which James Tufts patented. He later became a large soda fountain manufacturer.
The first ice cream soda was created by Robert Green. An ice cream soda includes soda water, syrup and cream or milk.
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Gustavus D. Dows patented a new and improved soda fountain.
Gustavus D. Dows created the first marble soda fountain and patented it in 1863.
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The first soda fountain was created by Samuel Fahnestock in 1819.
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Henry Thompson a British inventor, created what he called soda water even though it did not have any soda in it.
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Torbern Bergman, a chemist from Sweden teamed up with Joseph Priestly who was an English scientist to create a method to carbonate water with carbon dioxide.
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