(Research):Dr Pepper is the oldest major soda/pop beverage in the United States. It was invented by pharmacist Charles Alderton in Waco, Texas in 1885 , predating Coca-Cola , Pepsi-Cola , and 7-up , among others.
There was, apparently, an actual human Dr. Pepper who became the namesake for the drink. But the doctor in question wasn't the same one traditionally credited. There are numerous historical records of a Dr. Charles T. Pepper in Rural Retreat, Virginia . Wade Morrison , owner of the pharmacy where Alderton worked, had formerly been employed by a Dr. Pepper in Virginia, presumably the well-documented Charles. Supposedly, Morrison was in love with Pepper's daughter and named the drink after his employer so he would let him marry her.
The trouble is that this doctor's daughter was only eight at the time, which is more than a bit young even by the standards of rural Virginia . And there's no evidence that Charles Pepper ever employed Morrison.
But census records indicate that Morrison had worked as a pharmacy clerk in another Virginia town named Christianburg . His neighbor was another Dr. Pepper who had a sixteen year-old daughter. So the gist of the story appears to be true, but the details weren't.
The apparent grammatical mishap in the beverage's name (no period after the "Dr") is actually the result of a change in the Dr Pepper logo's font in the 1950's – with the period, the logo now appeared to advertise "Di: Pepper" which obviously didn't make a bit of sense. So it was dropped.
The world's oldest Dr Pepper plant is in Dublin, Texas ; it has been in continuous operation since 1891 . On the centennial of the plant's founding, the town's inhabitants elected to change the municipality's name to " Dr. Pepper, Texas " for a week each year.
Had it not been a trademark , Dr Pepper would've been part of the title of one of the most famous rock and roll albums ever. The Beatles ' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band was originally Dr. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band until the band got word that there was a trademarked beverage by that name overseas.
Dr Pepper and 7-Up are now owned by the same company, a subsidiary of Cadbury , and licensed for distribution by many others.