In 1903, Luther Carson was the seventh bottler of Coca-Cola in the entire world and he was doing it in downtown Paducah. At the time, Coca-Cola was a new product, only served in drug stores as a fountain drink. Bottling and distributing it was a new idea and Luther Carson was on the ground floor level of its distribution. He had no idea how successful it would grow to be. Within a year, he outgrew his location and moved to a larger space. During the great flood of 1937, he was flooded out of his third location. He and one of his employees had to float on a syrup barrel from the second-floor window of his building. He was quoted saying, “If I ever reach dry ground, that’s where I’m going to build my Coke Plant.” Carson made it to dry ground and in 1939 he opened The Coke Plant as we see it today. By the time Luther died in 1962, “The Coke Plant” was famous in most of Western Kentucky. The building was used for bottling until territorial rights were sold to back to Coca-Cola around 1986. From that time until the plant closed in 2005, it was used as a distribution center.