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    W. HEKELNKAEMPER ATCHISON KANSAS PONY

    Dug this surprise a few weeks ago here in Texas...embossed on the front "W. Hekelnkaemper/Atchison/Kan" and on the back "A. & D.H.C." Layer was 1860's...maybe slightly into the 1870's. It has got to have a fascinating story behind how it got from Kansas to Texas...we almost never find travelers like this, particularly in the early layers. Anyone know how hard these are to find?
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    Re: W. HEKELNKAEMPER ATCHISON KANSAS PONY

    Very nice find. No idea how it ended up there but back in those days anything was possible. Could have been shipped freght on a wagon or train. An individual may have brought it with from Kansas. Who knows. Congratulations on an a great bottle

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    Re: W. HEKELNKAEMPER ATCHISON KANSAS PONY

    Thanks!

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    Re: W. HEKELNKAEMPER ATCHISON KANSAS PONY

    Sweet find! I found a hutch from Texas here in Illinois last year, it's always fun to dig bottles far from home.

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    Re: W. HEKELNKAEMPER ATCHISON KANSAS PONY

    It sure is! Where in Texas was it from?

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    Re: W. HEKELNKAEMPER ATCHISON KANSAS PONY

    It was a Peterson Bottling Works from Beaumont, Texas. Sold it on ebay for around 45 bucks if I recall correctly. The only out-of-state hutch I've dug.

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    Re: W. HEKELNKAEMPER ATCHISON KANSAS PONY

    Cool! My wife's maiden name is Peterson.

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    Re: W. HEKELNKAEMPER ATCHISON KANSAS PONY

    Cool! My wife's maiden name is Peterson.

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    Re: W. HEKELNKAEMPER ATCHISON KANSAS PONY

    Bottles from this company sprout up often here in Kansas City. Maybe not always this old. Atchison was a relatively big town and rail hub. Think Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe. The KATY, Kansas and Texas Railway. It very well may have been purchased in Atchison and taken to Texas on a train and pitched at the end of the journey. It certainly is a very nice find. You might even find Kansas City beer bottles while digging in Texas. Many of the local brewers distributed to Texas before prohibition. Good luck in your digging. Scott

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    Re: W. HEKELNKAEMPER ATCHISON KANSAS PONY

    Good looking bottle! I bet that guy heard, "Can you spell that for me?" more than a few times!



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