Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Holton Event to Give Scoop on Soda Fountains ; Ice Cream Treats Will Follow Historian's Talk

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Holton Event to Give Scoop on Soda Fountains ; Ice Cream Treats Will Follow Historian's Talk

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HOLTON -- A presentation hosted by the Jackson County Historical Society will give attendees the scoop on soda fountains in the state.

Journalist and Kansas historian Cindy Higgins will give the presentation, "Soda Fountains of Kansas," at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 401 Cheyenne Drive in Holton. The program is free to the public.

During the glory days of the soda fountain, Kansas pharmacists created tonics and curatives that eventually evolved into such refreshments as the Brown Cow, the Mudslide and the Egg Cream, according to a news release. Government regulations, World War I luxury taxes and bottled soda pop played a role in the ice cream concoctions that became a profitable side business.

Higgins' presentation will explore soda fountains in Kansas today and the revival of soda fountains across the nation. …

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