Monday, January 7, 2008
Continuing our thread on found historical treasures on the PCL site, we came across another interesting bottle that survived with the history of the Pacific Coast Canning Company. Although plain to the naked eye, the label found on the bottom of the bottle reveals some further insight into the daily life of those who inhabited the Cannery before us.
Founded in 1884, Puritas water was one of the first to introduce and deliver bottled distilled spring water to a consumer market. As the predecessor to today’s Arrowhead water company, Puritas’ history began in Los Angeles and was predominantly sold in that area. Puritas’ first cold-water spring was found in the San Bernardino Mountains where a giant arrowhead adorned the face of the mountain in which the original Hot Springs were found.
It was believed that the innate qualities of the water found in the Arrowhead Hot Springs were substantial enough to cure ailments. Hotels proliferated the surrounding area and travelers from all over the United States came to witness the natural wonder of the spring as well as the water. Coincidently, these hotels would serve as the first venue for the bottling of Arrowhead Spring Water.