What trash can tell us
Trash can determine dates
The first experiments in canning soft drinks took place in 1938. This was done by Clicquot Club Company of Millis, Massachusetts. Ginger Ale ate through the can, and this experiment was given up. Canned soda was attempted again in 1950 by Pepsi Cola Company, but the cans exploded and Pepsi abandoned canning soda for a time.
It was 1953 before soda was successfully canned by Cantrell and Cochrane (C&C) of New York, but by 1954, most of the soft drink industry was canning their product. The first canned soda was placed in cone top cans. By the end of 1954, nearly all soda companies had changed to flat top cans. Royal Crown started canning soda in 1954 and by 1960 it was the largest canner of soft drinks; Pepsi and 7-Up followed in the late 1950s.
Coca Cola began to experiment with cans in 1955, and was canning for military use in 1956. They got into canning in a large way in 1959-1960 when Coke was sold nationwide in flat top cans. In the early 1970s the first all-aluminum soft drink cans were produced.
Trash can determine use
In this case, the sparse number of items at the location indicated short term use of the site, the food containers and a few scattered horseshoe nails and other military artifacts suggested that it is most likely an overnight camp by Buffalo Soldiers who patrolled the area in the 1880s.
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Water erosion created much of the present landscape in Big Bend National Park. The igneous rock exposed in the Grapevine Hills and the Chisos Mountains, lay far underground millions of years ago. Erosion has stripped away the upper layers to reveal today's landscape. More...