I almost didn’t see this vintage Coca Cola Bottle that was hidden in the leaves. I am always amazed at some of the items I find deep in the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas. I have found several old bottles that were laying on the forest floor. I think this bottle is from the 1970’s, but I am no expert on vintage bottles.
My guess is that this bottle was left behind by a logger. I see signs of trees that have been cut (stumps) in just about every place I have hiked here in the forest. The old stumps appear to be cedars. I’m not sure if these cedars were being removed for the wood or because they are considered to be an invasive species (red cedar).
I don’t like finding human trash in the areas that I hike and I will try and pack most of it out if I can. I do think it is cool to find some of this old stuff and wonder about the person that left it behind.
When I was a kid, finding bottles like this was awesome because you could return it and get money. How many of you can remember those days.
Juniperus virginiana – Red Cedar Facts
In many areas it is considered an invasive species, even if native. It is fire-intolerant, and was previously controlled by periodic wildfires. Low branches near the ground burn and provide a ladder that allows fire to engulf the whole tree. Grasses recover quickly from low severity fires that are characteristic of prairies that kept the trees at bay. With the urbanization of prairies, the fires have been stopped with roads, plowed fields, and other fire breaks, allowing J. virginiana and other trees to invade. Trees are destructive to grasslands if left unchecked, and are actively being eliminated by cutting and prescribed burning. The trees also burn very readily, and dense populations were blamed for the rapid spread of wildfires in drought stricken Oklahoma and Texas in 2005 and 2006. (Wikipedia)