A long, long time ago there was a summertime eating place in town, over on east highway 34. It was called “Dixie Drive In.” It was a fun place, all the teenagers hung out there or on Main Street in front of Schmiders. Sometimes we drove back and forth between the two spots… up Main Street for three blocks make a U turn onto the other side of Main Street and back out to the Dixie.
The Dixie had car hops they would take your order and then you would roll up your window a bit and they would hang the food tray on your car window. Jolynn our neighbor used to be a car hop at the Dixie from 1963-1965…they didn’t make much an hour she said “We started off at 50 cents and hour and after three years I made 75 cents an hour, plus we had to pay for any food trays spilled.” One time a June Bug landed on her face while she was about to put a tray on the car window…the food and drinks went all over on the people inside the car. Funny now but not at the time.
Cars were parked on either side of a center walkway. There was probably room for 16 cars under the canopy…rain or shine you could drive in!
It was a place to see who was with who…a bit of teenage gossip. “Can you believe he is with her?” Laughing, talking, visiting back and forth, climbing into someone else's car just to talk…radios playing on a warm summer night….cars starting up and leaving or cars cutting their engines and coasting in…arriving.
A hamburger and a chocolate malt…that was my favorite meal there.
Far Guy liked the hamburgers and the tator tots. We took our children there when they were little. I ordered some onion rings…Trica was convinced that they were boogers. In later years it was a walk up place your order and hang around the window until your order was ready.
The signs have been in storage since the building was torn down… the building was replaced with a steel building that has several offices in it.
The signs showed up this week at Dickie’s place and we stopped and asked if we could take a photo.
The Dixie is only a memory now…a good one!