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A&W Root Beer Stands (page 1)

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A&W Root Beer was founded in 1919 with the inventions of both root beer and root beer stands. A&W continued setting trends with the very first franchising in the late 1920s. By the 1960s, A&W had 2,400 outlets nationwide. For more, see this website.

The first three pages of this section start with A&W's triangular, pylon building design. These locations are organized alphabetically by state.

former A&W Root Beer
Benson, AZ
This former A&W Root Beer housed Reb's Cafe & Coffee Shop from 1992-2017. It closed just a month after this photo was taken. In 2019, the building began housing Wild Dogs. In 2021, the building was gutted by a fire. [map]

former A&W Root Beer
Buena Park, CA
This former A&W Root Beer in Buena Park now houses the Han Yang Restaurant. [map]

former A&W Root Beer
Pomona, CA
former A&W Root Beer
Lynwood, CA
This former A&W Root Beer in Pomona now houses K&F Burger. [map]

This former A&W Root Beer in Lynwood has been here since at least 1965. The building has housed Casa Jimenez since at least 2008. [map]

former A&W Root Beer
Hanford, CA
This former A&W Root Beer remains a walk-up stand with a drive-in canopy and car hops. There are very few "wedge pylon" buildings still operating as A&Ws. [map]

former A&W Root Beer
Baldwin Park, CA
This former A&W Root Beer now houses Gar-Duno's Taco King. [map]

former A&W Root Beer
San Luis Obispo, CA
This former Aformer A&W Root Beer now houses Taco De Mexico. [map]

former A&W Root Beer
Mariposa, CA
former A&W Root Beer
Alturas, CA
This former former A&W Root Beer in Mariposa now houses the Happy Burger Diner. [map]

This former former A&W Root Beer in Alturas now houses the Lazy B Grill. [map]

former A&W Root Beer
Arvin, CA
former A&W Root Beer
Lamont, CA
These former A&W Root Beer drive-ins housed Frosty King Drive-ins. I suspect they were both owned by the same person. There are other Frosty Kings in California but these are the only two that I know of that occupy former A&Ws. The Arvin location is now housing Burger Time and has been painted orange. [Arvin map]; [Lamont map]

former A&W Root Beer
Colorado Springs, CO
This former A&W Root Beer may have been built in 1963. The building has housed used car dealerships since at least 2007. [map]

former A&W Root Beer
Danville, IL
This is apparently a former A&W Root Beer. The building housed a K&W Root Beer before it closed. It had been abandoned for many years. This photo is from 2009. By 2015, the building was housing Fox Auto World and the pylon was gone. There is another used car dealership there now. [map]

former A&W Root Beer
Elkhart, IL
This former A&W Root Beer opened in 1965. Around 1973, it became the Simonton Lake Drive-in. The "Root Beer" letters on the canopy appear to have come from a Dog N Suds. [map]

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