World's First Coca-Cola Outdoor Wall Advertisement
A first in Coca-Cola advertising in downtown Cartersville, Georgia
2 W Main St.
Cartersville GA 30120
Located on the side of Young Brothers Pharmacy
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
The Coca-Cola sign on the east wall of Young Brothers Pharmacy in downtown
Cartersville has been authenticated by the Coca-Cola Company as the first
outdoor painted-wall advertisement for Coca-Cola. It dates back to 1894,
when an industrious Coca-Cola syrup salesmen named James Couden put down
his order pad and picked up a paintbrush to create the first-of-its-kind
sign. This sign received the 1990 Georgia Trust Award for Preservation
- 25 layers of paint were removed during the restoration to reveal the
original sign. Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-2
p.m., Sunday 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Bring your camera for an excellent souvenir photograph each morning as
the sun illuminates the sign from the east.