The question

Folks who have lived in Dunsmuir less than a decade may never have seen anything happening at the colorful sheet-metal building at 4121 Dunsmuir Avenue. Those who have been around a litt5le longer may forgotten, or never known the detailed history of the Dunsmuir bottling plant.

The question
Folks who have lived in Dunsmuir less than a decade may never have seen anything happening at the colorful sheet-metal building at 4121 Dunsmuir Avenue. Those who have been around a little longer may forgotten, or never known the detailed history of the Dunsmuir bottling plant.

The history
It all began back in August of 1990, when a company called AquaPenn signed a lease with the city to begin bottling Castle Rock spring water. Signed as Dunsmuir Bottling Company, it built the existing structure and tapped into a main fed by four lines feeding from Mossbrae springs.

About eight years later, the French food giant Danone swallowed AquaPenn. Nothing much changed from the outside. Castle Rock spring water was still bottled at the plant and sent out into the world.

In 2002, Coca Cola, in partnership with Danone, took over bottling operations, and relabeled its spring water Dannon.
Around town the Castle Rock label faded, until the last bottle was sold from the Chamber of Commerce gift store in 2004.

City Water/Wastewater supervisor recalls Coca Cola beginning to fill one tanker truck after another with the Best Water on Earth, to be bottled in Mount Shasta. They pumped so much so fast it dropped the city’s water pressure. He said he had to turn down their flow.

Soon after, they stopped sourcing from Mossbrae and the plant stood unused for a long time. Last year, city manager Jim Lindley pushed through a process begun years before, and secured for the city full rights to the property.

Last month, immediately following approval by the city council, Lindley signed a 10 year lease with Flora, Inc.