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Stewart's Root Beer 1940

Stewart's Root Beer 1940

Stewart's Root Beer stand on Kanawha Boulevard in Charleston, West Virginia. Fifth girl from the left is my Aunt Doris at 15 years of age. This drive-in was very popular in its day. Later a Shoney's would be built here, and then a Captain D's. View full size.

Stewart's

We had one of these stands in my home town of Lima, Ohio, that lasted for years. Stewart's served icy-cold root beer in real glass mugs, brought out to your car on one of those trays that attach to the window by a high school girl. Lima's Stewart's had the best chicken sandwiches I ever tasted. That's no exaggeration. The place was time-warped right out of the past and was a sort of city treasure. It was torn down in the 1990s and is now, I believe, a bank parking lot. That's the way Lima does things. By the way, the sign on the roof would be orange.

 
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