We're taking a trip down Route 24 tonight, and this week, Saegertown is our stop.
Saegertown Beverages puts out thousands of gallons of spring water daily, but generations ago, it was ginger ale that was bottled at the plant.
And not just any ginger ale, Saegertown Ginger Ale was world renowned.
A drink that earned the name "The Aristocrat of Beverages," the best you can get in beverage land.
And it was the water that made this drink the best of the best.
It all goes back to 1882 when a well was dug for an ice house along French Creek.
The water from the well smelled peculiar. It was analyzed at Allegheny College and found to be high in mineral content.
Around the turn of the 20th century, the water was carbonated and recipes were made for ginger ale.
Several different kinds, Old Style, Mint Ginger Ale, Golden Ginger Ale and a brand called Chantilly were sold in gormeat restaurants in New York City.
This was some tasty stuff made from that special spring water.
So special that this drink went to the Worlds Fair in Paris, France and won the grand prize.
This put Saegertown on the map.
This was some special water flowing from the underground spring.
The town was known for ginger ale and water.
The ginger was bottled until 1981, but that's not the end of the story.
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