There are still 37 functioning soda fountains in operation in Kansas. The custom of ordering a soda fountain drink was named one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Customs in 2012.
The Potwin Drug Store in Topeka has the oldest operating fountain in the state. It’s been in operation since 1902 in the Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade Historic Site. The 1950’s Stanley Knight soda fountain at The Old Store in Johnson, located in the far southwest corner of the state, is in an original 1920 oak back bar. A U-shaped bar with Formica counter built in 1968 can be found at the Irwin Potter Drug store in Anthony, and they specialize in freshly-squeezed cherry limeades. The back bar in the 13-stool fountain at Ray’s Pharmacy in Quinter dates back to 1904 and there’s even a brass rail to rest your feet.
Take a step back in time, order a drink and enjoy. To learn more about all the soda fountains in Kansas, check out the Kansas Sampler webpage here.