Indiana Drive-ins

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Frazier's Dairy Maid
Anderson, IN
Frazier's Dairy Maid opened in 1954. [map]

Budge's Drive-in
Lafayette, IN
Budge's Drive-in opened in 1942. However, this stand looks more 1950s or 1960s so they have probably rebuilt. These photos are from 2009. This sign had been refurbished. It had neon originally. [map]

Bonnie Doon Drive-in
Lincoln Way West
Mishawaka, IN

former Bonnie Doon Ice Cream [gone]
East 4th Street
Mishawaka, IN
Herman and Andrew Muldoon began producing and selling in 1938. The name Bonnie Doon Ice Cream was chosen in a naming contest. The company had the first drive-in in the area. It opened in the mid-1940s. Bonnie Doon had other drive-ins in the area but the Lincoln Way West location is the only one left. [map]

The East 4th Street location was originally an inter-urban train station. It housed Bonnie Doon's ice cream factory and restaurant when these photos were taken in 2009. It also offered drive-up service. The plant and restaurant closed in 2013. The building remained vacant and the neon sign was still there until around 2017. The building later housed Crisler's Kitchen and the sign was adapted. The neon was removed and a vinyl covering with the new business name was placed over the sign's panels. The building is vacant now and the sign panel has been painted black. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Johnsen's Blue Top Drive-in
Highland, IN
Johnsen's Blue Top Drive-in opened in 1936 with a smaller building. The restaurant featured car hops from the beginning. A new building which allowed indoor seating was built in 1963. The canopy was also built at that time. The neon sign is 28 feet tall. The photos above are from 2010. The place closed in 2013 but reopened in 2014 with new owners. The neon sign is now lit with LED lighting. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Ray's Drive-in
Kokomo, IN
The original Ray's Drive-in building was made from logs and built in 1947. Ray's featured car hops is one of the oldest fast food restaurants in Indiana. The sign which exists today is from 1949. The log-faced building was destroyed by a fire in 1964. The drive-in canopies survived. Today's stone-faced building was constructed in 1965. This photo is from that year. Note that today's building no longer has the tall steeple at the center of the roof or the freestanding letters that spelled out "Ray's Drive-in" along the edge of the canopy. [scanned photos in links thanks Roger Ray] [map]

Mr. Weenie Drive-in
Peru, IN
Susie's Southside Drive-in [gone]
Rushville, IN
The Mr. Weenie Drive-in opened in the 1960s and still features car hops. [map]

Susie's Southside Drive-in was originally known as Miller's Drive-in. It later became Buckley's Riverside Drive-in. This photo is from 2006. By 2008, the drive-in had closed. By 2014, it had been demolished. For more, see this website.

More Indiana:
Don's Drive-in (Kentland) [map]
Char-Bett Drive-in (Logansport)
Burkie's Drive-in (Muncie)

Penguin Point
B&K Root Beer Indiana
Ice Cream

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