The old Coca-Cola Bottling Company
by Bill Clough
Oct 24, 2012 | 4273 views | 1 1 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As far as anyone knows, the Coca-Cola Bottling Company is the only Art Deco building in Beeville. The late Truman Gill started the company in 1920, when he was just 19. The company moved to the present site in 1940. In addition to the Coca-Cola flavors, the company quenched the thirst of residents with a number of beverages — cream soda, grape and orange — bottled under the trade name of “Gill’s Bottled Purity.” Sadly, the company closed in 1985, a year before Gill’s death. The front door is guarded by two columns — and how many downtown companies have screen doors anymore? A peek inside shows a tiled counter and stairway to private offices upstairs. The facility has been on the market for the last three years; an almost universal response, when asking someone about it, is that “it would be a perfect place, an ideal spot, for some kind of business or restaurant. I’d hate to see it torn down. It’s just too pretty a building.”
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October 26, 2012
The Rialto Theater by John Eberson was also in Art Deco/Modern design and is on Washington Street in Beeville.