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Whataburger was founded in Corpus Christi, TX in 1950. By 1960, the company had opened 17 restaurants in Texas, Florida, and Tennessee. There are now about 600 locations. Of these, there are about 15 of the 30 foot tall A-frame buildings left. The first one was built in 1961 in Odessa, TX at Whataburger's 24th location. That location has either been significantly remodeled or, more likely, completely rebuilt. The company built other location in other states later on (AR, GA, LA, MS, and NM) but I don't believe any of those were A-frame buildings. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Whataburger
Austin, TX
Whataburger
Marshall, TX
This Austin location was the 84th location and built in 1971. The canopy portion is now enclosed. For more, see this website. [map]

This Marshall location was built in 1968 as the 48th location. The original "W" and rooftop signs are still there. However, the former canopy portion in front of the building was remodeled in 2006. This photo is from 2011. [map]

Whataburger
Mesquite, TX
This Mesquite location was the 80th location, built in 1971. [map]

Whataburger
Mobile, AL
This Mobile location was the 104th location, built in 1973. [map]

Whataburger
Duncanville, TX
This Whataburger was built in 1975. This was the 129th location in the chain. The canopy has been replaced with a modern dining room building. However, the original A-frame and sign remain in back. For more, see this website. [map]

Whataburger
Corpus Christi, TX
Whataburger
Corpus Christi, TX
The first Corpus Christi location shown above is vintage. It was altered in 2007 with the canopy area bricked up for an indoor dining area. This location was the ninth location built, constructed in 1953. The original building was replaced with this A-frame in the 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

The second Corpus Christi location shown above is modern. This storage building is painted to look like one of the old walk-up stands. [map]

former Whataburger
Fort Worth, TX
former Whataburger
Dallas, TX
The former Whataburger in Fort Worth has housed Don's Seafood since at least 2007. [map]

The former Whataburger in Dallas is occupied by a church. The mounting for the rooftop sign is still there. The building has been painted red and beige since this photo. [map]

former Whataburger
Dallas, TX
This former Whataburger in Dallas has housed Rainbow Donuts since at least 2007. [map]

former Whataburger
Dallas, TX
This former Whataburger in Dallas was built around 1968. In the early 2000s, the building housed a church. It has housed Studio Arts Dallas since 2006. [map]

Whataburger
Kingsville, TX
This Kingsville location opened in 1952. It was the fourth one built. This A-frame replaced the original building in the early 1960s. [map]

former Whataburger
Oklahoma City, OK
This Oklahoma City building and canopy were pretty much intact when these photos were taken in 2011. This was #79, built in 1970. This was the only remaining A-frame Whataburger in Oklahoma. By 2014, the building was occupied by the Patty Wagon. [map]

Whataburger
El Paso, TX

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This El Paso was #103 and built in 1972. It was one of the rare remaining locations with the W-shaped arms that project from the A-frame. In 2012, the location closed. The signs were removed and the building was painted white. It was still vacant in 2013. By 2015, the building had been painted yellow and it was housing a used car dealership. [map]

former Whataburger
El Paso, TX
This former Whataburger was most recently used as a parking canopy for a church next door. It was vacant when this photo was taken in 2012. [map]

Whataburger
Tallahassee, FL
The Whataburger in Tallahassee was built as #72 and opened in 1970. For more, see this website. [map]

former Whataburger
San Antonio, TX
This former San Antonio location now houses a Taqueria Vallarta Mexican restaurant. [map]

former Whataburger
San Antonio, TX
This former San Antonio location was built in 1970. The building was vacant when these photos were taken in 2011. It previously housed Rinaldi's Homemade Ice Cream and later Rene's Mexican Restaurant. By 2014, the building was occupied by the Los Valles Produce. The rooftop sign has been adapted. [map]

former Whataburger
San Antonio, TX
former Whataburger
Carrollton, TX
This former San Antonio location now houses Super Car Lot. [map]

This former Carrollton location was repurposed as a Mexican restaurant. Walls were added to the canopy area to turn it into a dining area. The building was vacant when this photo was taken in 2011. It was still vacant in 2016. [map]

former Whataburger
Memphis, TN
This former Memphis location housed Love's Seafood when these photos were taken in 2010. By 2014, the business had closed and the building was vacant. [map]

former Whataburger
Phoenix, AZ
This building in Phoenix which now houses Teaching Stuff was built as a Whataburger. The A-frame doesn't seem steep enough to be the classic vintage design. I suspect it was built with the more modern design like those in Tulsa and Grand Prairie shown below. [map]

More former Whataburger A-Frames:
Laredo, TX [map]
Port Arthur, TX

former Whataburger [gone]
Tulsa, OK
former Whataburger
Grand Prairie, TX
The modern Whataburger design, like the ones in Tulsa and Grand Prairie, maintains the basic A-frame appearance although the buildings are wider and have dine-in wings on the sides.

The photo of the Tulsa building is from 2006. By 2015, the building was vacant and painted white. By 2017, it had been demolished.

The Grand Prairie building has housed different restaurants since at least 2007. It now houses Pappy's Catfish. [map]

Whataburger
Corpus Christi, TX
This unique, two-story Corpus Christi location was built in 1999. It is known as the "Whataburger by the Bay". For more, see this website. [map]

former Whataburger
Lakeland, FL
former Whataburger
Phoenix, AZ
former Whataburger
Oxnard, CA
This Whataburger in Lakeland is now occupied by Hungry Howie's Pizza & Subs. This building style might have been confined to Florida. There are other examples around including another one in Lakeland, FL, as well as others in Brandon, FL, Ruskin, FL, Fort Meade, FL, and Seminole, FL. For more, see this website. [map]

This Whataburger in Phoenix is the same design as this building which I believe was in Glendale, AZ originally. There is Whataburger in Scottsdale, AZ with a slightly steeper roof which was probably built around the same time. They might be from the 1970s. [map]

This Whataburger in Oxnard was built using the same design as the ones in Arizona. Whataburger built some locations in California in the late 1970s but pulled out by 1987. This location was later renamed Lot-A-Burger. There's a Blake's Lotaburger New Mexico-based chain. However, I don't believe Blake's ever had locations in California. Blake's is famous for its green chile hamburgers and this Oxnard location is remembered for its jalapeno burgers. So, it's possible that it might have copied the name and menu a bit. This restaurant is now named A-Burger. [map]

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