Capitol Hill's mystery soda machine

Capitol Hill's mystery soda machine was a Coke vending machine in Capitol Hill, Seattle, that was in operation since at least the early 1990s until its disappearance in 2018.[5] It is unknown who stocked the machine.[6]

Capitol Hill's mystery soda machine
Coke machine on E. John St. in Capitol Hill, Seattle (2014).JPG
The mysterious vending machine in front of Broadway Locksmith
Capitol Hill, Seattle
Area918 E John St, Seattle, WA 98102, United States
Coordinates47°37′12″N 122°19′12″W / 47.6200°N 122.3199°W / 47.6200; -122.3199Coordinates: 47°37′12″N 122°19′12″W / 47.6200°N 122.3199°W / 47.6200; -122.3199


One of the "? mystery ?" buttons

A drink could be chosen using one of the "? mystery ?" buttons[7] and the dispensed drinks were rare cans that were either ordinarily unavailable in the United States or have not been in circulation since the 1980s, such as Mountain Dew White Out, a raspberry-flavored Nestea Brisk, a Hawaiian Punch, and a Grape Fanta, with other rumored drinks including Vanilla Cokes, Black Cherry Frescas, and Sunkist Cherry Limeade. The locksmith in front of whose business the machine stood claims to have no knowledge of who operated it.[7]


In January 2018, the same month Seattle passed its sugary drink tax,[8] the machine raised its price from its typical $0.75[6] to $1.00.[2][3][4]

In June 2018, the machine mysteriously disappeared[9][10] and a message was posted to the machine's Facebook page stating "Going for a walk, need to find myself. Maybe take a shower even."[11] A note was taped to the rail where the machine used to be: "Went for a walk".[1] During this time, its Facebook page featured humorous photoshopped images of the soda machine in a forest and at Machu Picchu.[12]


  1. ^ a b Laskow, Sarah (July 2, 2018). "Seattle's Mystery Soda Machine Has Gone Missing". Atlas Obscura.
  2. ^ a b "Price of pop from Capitol Hill's Mystery Soda Machine hits $1.00". CHS Capitol Hill Seattle. January 1, 2018. Retrieved January 6, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Lee, Jessica (January 19, 2018). "Nothing off limits: Even Capitol Hill's 'mystery' pop machine had to raise prices to keep up with Seattle". The Seattle Times. Retrieved January 6, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Williams, Allison; Norimine, Hayat (March 2018). "The Case of Capitol Hill's Mystery Soda Machine". Seattle Met. Retrieved January 6, 2020.
  5. ^ Olsen, Leila (April 14, 2014). "Is This Seattle Vending Machine Haunted?". Archived from the original on July 31, 2019. It’s been spitting out sodas for 15-plus years, but no one has ever seen it refilled.
  6. ^ a b Lee, Jessica (August 23, 2015). "Capitol Hill's 'supernatural' pop machine stays stocked, but how? Nobody knows". The Seattle Times. Retrieved January 6, 2020.
  7. ^ a b Pollack, Hilary (March 26, 2014). "Seattle Has a Haunted Soda Machine". Retrieved December 27, 2019.
  8. ^ "Seattle's sweetened beverage tax | Washington Department of Revenue". Retrieved January 6, 2020.
  9. ^ Millman, Zosha (July 1, 2018). "What happened to the mystery soda machine?". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Archived from the original on July 2, 2018.
  10. ^ "Mystery soda machine vanishes from Seattle's Capitol Hill". K5 News. July 1, 2018.
  11. ^ "Going for a walk, need to find myself. Maybe take a shower even". Facebook. June 30, 2018. Retrieved December 27, 2019.
  12. ^ Robins, Becki. "The most bizarre unsolved mysteries of 2018 so far". ZergNet.