Dairy Queen (page 2)

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The next several pages in this section document early Dairy Queens, typically with walk-up windows and neon rooftop signs. The locations are organized alphabetically by state.

Dairy Queen
Andalusia, AL
This Dairy Queen is still operating. At some point by 2008, one side of the classic rooftop panel was installed on the building next door. The other side of the sign is now located inside that building which serves as additional dining space. In 2017 and 2018, the original Dairy Queen building was remodeled and the "lips" pole sign was replaced with the modern swoosh logo sign. These photos above are from 2019. [map]

Dairy Queen
Riverside, CA
former Dairy Queen
Carmichael, CA
former Dairy Queen
Huntington Beach, CA
The Dairy Queen in Riverside was built in 1958. There was another location in town which was built the same year. That one was demolished in 2011. There must have been a rooftop neon sign at this building originally. The pole sign was a later addition. Dairy Queen's "lips" logo was developed in 1960. This photo is from 2013. In 2018, the panel was changed to read "DQ". [map]

The former Dairy Queen in Carmichael has housed a Tugboat Fish & Chips since at least 2007. [map]

This Dairy Queen sign in Huntington Beach is located outside Hot Rods & Handguns, a private club, which opened around 2020. I don't know what location the sign came from. It has been there since at least 2011 when the property was used by the Surf City Garage which had a lot of vintage signs. [map]

More California:
North Hollywood [vintage]

Dairy Queen
Pawcatuck, CT
This Dairy Queen has been here since 1954. [map]

New Castle [map]

Dairy Queen
Miramar, FL
This Dairy Queen was built in 1956. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Dairy Queen
New Smyrna Beach, FL
This Dairy Queen opened in 1953. It features an old rooftop sign as well as a later freestanding pole sign. The rooftop sign was refurbished sometime after 2007. There is now only a singular "DQ" on the cone. [map]

former Dairy Queen
Tampa, FL
2009: 2020:
By 2007, this Dairy Queen sign had been adapted by Sooo Good Southern BarB-Que. The business closed around 2013. In 2015, the building was still vacant and the sign was painted white. Later that year, Cajun in a Truck moved in and new wording and an ice cream were painted back onto the sign. By 2018, Andrew Pandrew's Jerk Hut had moved in and the sign was painted over again. [map]


Dairy Queen
Iowa City, IA
This Dairy Queen opened around 1952. It was hit by a tornado in 2006. The original sign on the building was destroyed. Later that year, the stand was rebuilt and reopened with this replica sign. The two ice cream cone pole signs by the road survived the tornado. In 2008, the stand was then hit by flooding but the damage was less extensive. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

More Iowa:
Cedar Rapids
Council Bluffs [vintage; gone]
Des Moines [vintage; gone]
Quad Cities: Iowa and Illinois [vintage]

Dairy Queen
Carbondale, IL
Dairy Queen
Lombard, IL
The Dairy Queen in Carbondale opened in 1952 and closed in 2023. The signs were removed and the business is now known as the Big Chill. For more, see this website. [map]

The Dairy Queen in Lombard was built in 1955. [map]

Dairy Queen
Paxton, IL
This Dairy Queen sign is now missing its neon and is painted a lighter shade of blue. This rooftop sign and some others throughout this section do not have the curved piece at the back. The cones are larger and do not have the circles behind them. There is also no horizontal line. I assume that these signs were a later design. [map]

More Illinois:

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Dairy Queen
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Dairy Queen
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Dairy Queen
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Dairy Queen
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