The Bottle, Alabama
A 1924 picture of "The Bottle"
|Elevation||761 ft (232 m)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-6 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||153675|
The Bottle is an unincorporated community located in the northern corporate limits of Auburn, Alabama, United States. The Bottle is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 280 and Alabama Highway 147, five miles (8 km) north of downtown Auburn, and adjacent to the Auburn University North Fisheries Research Complex.
The Bottle is located at 32°40′34″N 85°29′11″W; its elevation is 760 feet (230 m).
Built in 1924, and billed as "the world's largest bottle", The Bottle (sometimes referred to as The "Nehi Inn") was built by John F. Williams, owner of the Nehi Bottling Company, in Opelika, Alabama. The Bottle stood 64 feet (19.5 m) tall, and measured forty-nine feet (14.94 m) in diameter at the base, and 16 feet (4.88 m) at the cap. The ground floor was a grocery store and service station, and the second and third floors were living quarters and storage. The neck of the Bottle had windows so as to be used as an observation tower. The "bottle cap" was the roof. Inside there was a spiral oak stairway. The Bottle became a gathering place for tourists and locals alike to swap yarns and have parties every Friday night on the balcony above the service station.
According to a 2001 account by W. A. "Arthur" Wood, The Bottle burned at 5:00 one morning in fall 1936. However, multiple contemporary newspapers claim The Bottle burned down in 1933, 1935, or 1937.
Although the structure no longer exists, a historic plaque and a photograph mark the location, and Alabama maps still list the area as "The Bottle".
Currently, in The Bottle's former location is only an empty lot. The property was put on sale in 2005. The land was purchased in early 2006 by the Hayley Redd Development Company.
The Auburn Heritage Association held a historic marker dedication for "The Bottle" on April 25, 2015, at the corner of U.S. Highway 280 and Alabama Highway 147 (North College Street), which is the original location of "The Bottle".
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: The Bottle, Alabama
- Thompson, George E. (2009). You Live Where?: Interesting and Unusual Facts about where We Live. iUniverse. p. 3.
- Duncan, Andy (2005). Alabama Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff. Globe Pequot. pp. xii.
- Buckner, Brett (May 6, 2001). "The storied past of a piece of Auburn 'pop' culture". Opelika-Auburn News.
- ebook by Jill Marci Sybalsky titled Jill Marci and Her Ancestors Maternal Side (Library Edition)
- "The Bottle". Lee County Bulletin. July 22, 1937.
- Thursday, April 23, 2015, The Auburn Villager by Katy Thorson interviewing Jill Sybalsky and Anne Booth "Locals to remember 'The Bottle' in dedication"