Soft drinks, bottled
water, and other beverages produced by Nebraska companies have
kept up with changing tastes over the years.
Upper row, L. to R.: Dream of California,
Standard Bottling Co., Alliance; Big Chief Beverages, Long Pine;
Lithiated White Soda, Shogo Lithia Springs Co., Lincoln.
Front row, L. to R.: Co-op Beverages, Scottsbluff; Sandhills
Crystal Pure Spring Water, Oshkosh; Ankle Deep, David City; Frontier
Beverages, Platte Valley Bottling, North Platte; Stevens Tasty
Beverages, Stevens Bottling Co., McCook.
H. Culver started bottling Shogo Lithia Spring water from natural
springs in Milford in 1906. "Lithia" refers to a mineral
in the water, lithium chloride. The company sent drinking water
for workmen during construction of the Panama Canal. In the 1930s
the Milford site provided water for bottling flavored soda pop
Willow Springs Distillery began in Omaha
in 1866 and by 1894 it was the third largest distillery in America,
producing a wide range of alcoholic beverages including gin,
rye whiskey and bourbon.
Left: Willow Springs Liquor bottle; Right: Willow
Springs Bottling Co., Goody soda pop.