Dr. Pepper artifact may reveal soft drink’s origin

Published on May 1st, 2009 | by Admin


Bill Waters is a lucky man after stumbling across an old ledger book containing the original recipe for Dr. Pepper.

The Tulsa, Okla., man eventually discovered the book came from the Waco drugstore where Dr Pepper was invented and includes a recipe titled “D Peppers Pepsin Bitters.”

When the 8 1/2-by-15 1/2 inch book of more than 360 pages goes up for auction at Dallas-based Heritage Auction Galleries on May 13, it’s expected to sell for between $50,000 to $75,000.

Waters discovered the book beneath a wooden medicine bottle crate in a Shamrock antiques store last summer. A couple months after buying it, he took a closer look as he prepared to sell it on eBay.

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