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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 rebuilt or significantly remodeled. 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 [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
former Whataburger
Dallas, TX
This old Corpus Christi location was altered in 2007: the canopy area was bricked up for an indoor dining area. This location was the 9th location built, constructed in 1953. The original building was replaced with an A-frame in the 1960s. For more, see this website. [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]

Whataburger
Corpus Christi, TX
This modern Corpus Christi location has a storage building painted like one of their old old walk-up stands. [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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2012:
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
former Whataburger
Tulsa, OK
The Whataburger in Tallahassee was built as #72 and opened in 1970. For more, see this website. [map]

The modern Whataburger design, like this one in Tulsa, maintains the basic A-frame appearance although it's wider and has dine-in wings on the sides. This photo is from 2006. By 2015, the building was vacant and painted white. [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
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]

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

former Whataburger
Lakeland, FL
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 Oxnard probably looked like this Phoenix, AZ location originally. Whataburger built some locations in California in the late 1970s but pulled out by 1987. This location was later renamed Lot-A-Burger. I don't know if it was then part of the New Mexico based Blake's Lot-A-Burger chain. As far as I know, Blake's did not have 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 been part of the chain or just a copycat. This restaurant is now named A-Burger. [map]

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