On my recent trip to Mississippi, my cousin, aunt, and I took time to explore some nearby areas-one of them being Corinth, MS. Corinth holds a lot of history and boasts some beautiful houses from the Civil War era.
Knowing my love of historical eras and places, my cousin took me to Borroum’s Drug Store and Soda Fountain.
What a neat place! We stopped here for lunch and an old fashioned soda, and learned a lot about its past. It was established in 1865 by Dr. Andrew Jackson Borroum as a Drug Store, and the soda fountain was added around the 1970’s. The store has been passed down from parent to child since the time of its opening and is now, at 150 years old, run by the seventh generation.
In the right bottom corner on the back of their menu you’ll see an explanation of the “slugburger,” a famous item on their menu.
This was developed during the depression, when money was scarce, as a substitute for typical burgers. They were made with a mixture of pork, potato flour as an extender, and spices and cooked in animal fat, as explained on the menu. These imitation hamburgers were much cheaper, selling for a nickel, and became known as slugburgers due to the nickel’s nickname “slug.” Although slightly altered since that time, and now garnished with mustard, onion, and a pickle, this tidbit of history lives on at Borroum’s.
Of course, I could not pass up the opportunity to try one of these slugburgers with my vanilla Coke.
This is an experience I am happy I did not miss, and if you ever find yourself near Corinth, Mississippi, stop by Borroum’s Drug Store to enjoy a old fashioned soda, eat a slugburger, or pick up a prescription. The only thing that could make it better is to travel back in time and see it in the past!
Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed.