Forts Trail Region

Dublin has been known for a century as home of the world’s first Dr Pepper bottling plant. The family-owned Dublin Bottling Works remains the state’s oldest soda bottling facility, though it no longer makes Dr Pepper. It now produces root beer, cola and seven other soda flavors made, as always, with pure cane sugar. Plant visitors get facility tours, free samples and a look at Dr Pepper memorabilia, plus sodas and sandwiches at a restored 1920s soda fountain. The town’s newest heritage site is the Ben Hogan Museum of Dublin, which tells the inspiring story of how the native son became a golfing legend. Each year the museum hosts a quirky but popular Cow Pasture Golf Tournament played on a former golf course that’s now a rugged cow pasture. From 1937 to 1959 Dublin hosted the World Championship Rodeo, which supplied stock for top rodeos nationwide. The Dublin Rodeo Heritage Museum chronicles local rodeo lore with memorabilia, historic photos and films. The nearby Dublin Historical Museum exhibits more local memorabilia in a 1900 newspaper office, and the Wright Historical Park features an 1880s grist mill and log cabin.