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Jackson Purchase Historical Society visits historic Coca Cola building Saturday in Paducah.
Restored Coca Cola bottling plant in Paducah


Paducah developers Ed and Meagan Musselman will make a presentation about restorations to the historic Coca Cola bottling plant building and give a tour of the facility at the quarterly meeting of the Jackson Purchase Historical Society in Paducah. The meeting begins 10:30 AM Saturday, July 19, in meeting room A in the conference center, first floor of Doctor’s Building 2, Baptist Health, Paducah. The tour follows immediately after the meeting and presentation. Members of the public are welcome. There is no charge for attendance.

The Musselmans purchased the Coke Plant at 3141 Broadway in early 2013 and succeeded in getting the building on the National Register of Historic Places by August. Since then, they have worked with restoration specialists and local contractors to return the classic art deco structure to its original elegance. The work continues, and the young couple is currently negotiating with prospective tenants. One possibility is a restaurant located in the downstairs area that once housed the production line. The unique terrazzo floor there has been repaired and refinished. There are also several office suites in the front, under the iconic dome.

The Jackson Purchase Historical Society was founded in 1958 to promote interest, study, and preservation of the regional history of the territory encompassed in the Chickasaw Purchase of 1818. It publishes the award-winning Jackson Purchase Historical Society Journal annually. The Society is especially interested in the history of all Kentucky counties west of the Tennessee River as well as Lake, Obion, Weakley, and Henry counties in Tennessee. Meetings are held four times per year at locations throughout the region. Membership is open to the public. Information about the Society, future events, and membership is available at the meetings or online at Jackson Purchase History Organization.

Contact Bob Lochte, President at rlochte@murraystate.edu

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