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AERIAL VIEW
Circa 1963
North Belt Highway & Frederick Avenue

This aerial view shows the US Highway 36 (Frederick Avenue) and US Highway 71 (Belt Highway) intersection looking south






AERIAL VIEWS
North Belt Highway & North US 169 Exit

This aerial view shows the US Highway 71 (Which is now also called the Belt Highway), "Y" Motel, Missouri Highway Department building, Missouri Highway Patrol & the US 169 exit




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AERIAL VIEWS
Circa unknown
South Belt Highway

The red numbers on the photos, 1-7, mark specific areas:
RED #1: South 36th St at Messanie - a bridge used to be over the creek
RED #2: South Belt at Messanie - a bridge used to be over the creek

The 2 bridges were removed and the creek now flows beneath the streets
You are on your own for futher identifications, I am lost






AERIAL VIEW
Circa: 1950's
Old US 36 Highway

Aerial view of the old US 36 Highway a short distance from the Belt Highway
US 36 highway has been renamed to US 6
Flinchpaugh's Reptile Gardens and a couple gas stations are visible in the photo, it was located a short distance east of the US 71 and US 36 intersection
The water tower on US 71 (Belt Highway) is also visible in the distance



RE-ROUTING OF OLD US 36

Prior to the 1960's, people traveling on US 36 East from the Kansas side usually traveled through downtown St Joseph on US 36 Business Route
After zig zagging through town to Frederick Avenue, they would continue east on Frederick Avenue to the Highway 71 Junction
(Of course, if they knew their way through St Joseph, they could also take Messanie or Mitchell Avenue to Highway 71)
Once at US 71, if they wanted to go to Kansas City or Savannah, they could take Highway 71 at the junction of US 71 & US 36
If they continued east on old US 36, a two lane highway with many hills and curves (10 mile curve was a doozy) they would end up at US 31 about 13 miles away. You would turn south and US 36 East continued about 1/4 mile south of this junction
As the city expanded, this area became better known as Frederick Avenue and the highway was renamed to US 6 Highway
When the new Highway US 36 was constructed at the bridge, the new US 36 was a 4 lane highway and it took a fairly straight path across St Joseph
The State of Mo also built a new US 36 4 lane highway from St Joseph to US 31 where it connected into US 36 thus eliminating the many hills and curves
The new highway also eliminated the need to travel through downtown St Joseph, thus eliminating a lot of traffic through downtown






AERIAL VIEW
Circa: 1962
Belt Highway & Frederick

When most of us were cruising the Belt in 1962, you would see Cool Crest, Budget Inn, Snow White, Pony Express Motel, State Hospital #2. Skateland, Army Reserve Building, Moila Golf Course, Kroger or Gibson's Discount Center
Bishop LeBlonde High School and track is right there among them all
The Farber Farm is visible on the south side of Frederick, this would later become Commerce Bank
Gibson's Discount Center moved into the Kroger building in the early 1960's
I got a job at Gibson's during my high school Christmas vacation pricing Christmas ornaments with a magic marker for 50 cents per hour
Terry McGinnis thinks Central High School is in the far distance at top middle
Can anyone add any more??
The photo was submitted by Terry McGinnis






AERIAL VIEW
Circa: 1962
Belt Highway & Frederick

Snow White and Phillips 66 Service station visible. The Belt Highway was 4 lanes at this time





AERIAL VIEW
Circa: Pre-1961
Belt Highway & Frederick

This is a cropped section of the photo below
The photo was taken sometime before 1961
I have marked some locations that I recognize
This is an aerial view of the Belt Highway (Highway 71) and US 36 Highway
Known points of interest from left to right: Skateland, Krogers Grocery, MFA Feed, Bill & Jim's 66 Service, Snow White, Pony Express Motel
The Farber farm as seen in the bottom left would later become Commerce Bank
Original photo was taken by Phil Okonski's father
The photo was submitted by Phil Okonski





AERIAL VIEW
Circa: Pre-1961
Looking North from Faraon

This is a great photo taken sometime before 1961
East Hills would later be built in the pasture behind the tip of the KFEQ tower
The road on the far right is Woodbine Road. This was a narrow dirt and gravel road. I know this as a fact because my milk truck got buried up the it's axles in the late 1960's and had to be towed out of the mud by Finis Chafen Towing
Today, Woodbine Road is a modern 4 lane street with a speed limit of 40 MPH
Photo was taken by Phil Okonski's father
Photo was submitted by Phil Okonski






AERIAL VIEW
Circa: Unknown
Looking North

Yet another great aerial photo
The exact circa is unknown but seems somewhat recent
The Belt Highay, Woodbine Road and Interstate 29 are visible in this aerial photo
East Hills, Hobby Lobby, Hastings, Hillcrest 4 building & many other current businesses can also be seen






Circa 1977
LOOKING SOUTH ON THE BELT HIGHWAY

This photo is looking south towards Messanie Street
Wiley's Super Service can be seen on the left
He serviced our Butternut & Dolly Madison trucks
MODOT can be seen removing the bridge that crossed over the creek
Heinies was still there on the right side at Belt & Messanie
I would love to have a better copy of this as this one is a bit blurred
This photo sure has a lot of history in it






Circa 1977
LOOKING NORTH ON THE BELT HIGHWAY

1977 St Joseph News-Press photo when the Belt was widened
The Skylark Drive-in and Robert Hall marquees are visible




A & P EGG BUYING STATION
702 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location






Circa 1955
AL KELLER CONSTRUCTION COMPANY
Southwest corner of Belt & Faraon

Robert Hall Clothing store can be seen in the far backgroud
This company no longer exists






A & W ROOT BEER
915 North Belt

Before East Hills was built, there was a small A & W Root Beer stand located just south of Frederick on the east side of the Belt Highway
After East Hills was built, a small Conoco gas station replaced the A & W Root Beer
East Hills Animal Clinic later replaced the Conoco gas station
In 2012, after East Hills Shopping Center had finished all of it's major modifications, a brand new Golden Corral replaced the East Hills Animal Clinic building
Also, at one time, there was an A & W Root Beer Stand located inside the original East Hills Mall






A J'S WEARHOUSE
2318 North Belt Highway






AMERICAN GOLD MINE PAWN SHOP
2102 South Belt Highway




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ARCHDEKIN'S WAVE-A-WAND CAR WASH
North Belt Highway
Circa 1963

Photo #1 - 1963 photo of Archdekin's car wash that was located across the Belt Highway from where East Hills Shopping Center was to be built
Photo #2 - You can see a Motel in the far background






ARCHIE'S CUPBOARD
1209 South Belt Highway
Circa 1970's

Archie's Cupboard opened in June 1976 at 1209 South Belt Highway
Dale R. Archdekin was the owner
The business was a restaurant and cocktail lounge with nostolgic furnishings from Hotel Robidoux. The chairs and tables came from the hotel as well as all of the ceiling fixtures
The Hotel Robidoux Pony Bar was sanded down and used also in the business
Other furnishings which came from the hotel included wall plaques, decorative candles and the 1939 hotel restaurant menus
The restaurant seated 80 people




ATTEBURY TRUCKING COMPANY
2208 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location




AVENUE ANIMAL HOSPITAL
715 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location




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B & M DRIVE-IN RESTAURANT
GOODRICH DAIRY
JIMMY JOHNS
1040 South Belt Highway

This drive-restaurant was located on the west side of the Belt just north of Seneca

This was the home of the Rocking Rabbit

They offered car hop service and had great food

The B & M is best remembered for their large neon sign facing the Belt Highway, the sign was a red & blue lighted neon sign of a rabbit sitting in a rocking chair

I would really love to locate a photo of that sign

The structure was torn down and Goodrich Dairy built a new building on the site

Goodrich Dairy sold milk and ice cream items

Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches is currently in business at this location

Photo #1 - newspaper advertisement
Photo #3 - Lucky 13 coupon
Photo #3 - 1970 Newspaper advertisement
Photo #4 - newspaper ad regarding theft of car-hop trays
Photo #5 - Goodrich Dairy store
Photo #6 - Jimmy Johns Gourmet Sandwiches






BAXTER BLACK ANGUS HOTEL
1316 North Belt Highway





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BEACON RESTAURANT
820 South Belt Highway

The Beacon was known also as "Chicken In The Rough"
The Beacon was located on the west side of the South Belt
The structure burned down and closed permanently in the mid 1960's




BELT BARBER SHOP
1104 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location




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Circa 1947-1982
BELT DRIVE-IN THEATER
2203 North Belt Highway

The Belt Drive-in theater occupied 18 acres of land
It was located on US 71 highway, 1/2 mile north of the old US 36 Highway
The Belt Drive-In Theater opened on July 11, 1947
First movie was "Breakfast in Hollywood" with Tom Breneman
The Belt Drive-in had a car capacity of 550 cars and was built on a hill
The back of the screen faced the Belt Highway
The Shangri-La Motel & restaurant sat at the base of the hill
The screen was a 60 foot steel structure erected by Missouri Motor Movies Inc.
When the Skylark burned & closed, the Belt's traffic did not increase so it was decided to close it also
All traces of both structures are now long gone
Anderson Ford dealership currently occupies the Belt Drive-in area

Photo #1 - St Joseph News-Press newspaper advertisement
Photo #2 - Highway 71,Cool Crest Mini Golf, Belt Drive-in
Photo #3 - When the drive-in sold, the entire hill was leveled
Photo #4 - current view of where the theater once stood
Photo #5 - current view of where the theater once stood
Photo #6 - current view of where the theater once stood
Photo #7 - The Belt Drive-in marquee
Photos #8 - Ashland United Methodist Church held services on Sunday mornings
Photos #9 - Advertisement for Ashland United Methodist Church services
Photo #10 - 1949 Belt Drive-in advertisement
Photo #11 - Newspaper photo of construction of screen in 1947
Photo #12 - Aerial view of the Belt Drive-in in the late 1940's
Photo #13 - 1948 newspaper photo of the Belt Drive-in screen construction
Photo #14 - 1948 newspaper photo of Assistant Manager Larry Bennett
Photo #15 - Cool Crest, Shangri La & Belt Drive-in locations
Photo #17 - June 29, 1980 - Church member opening trailer/pulpit
Photo #18 - couple in car
Photo #19 - church people greeting incoming patrons
Photo #20 - November 19, 1982 - the screen begins coming down
Photo #21 - November 19, 1982 - the screen is coming down
Photo #22 - November 19, 1982 - the screen is down
Photo #23 - November St Joseph News-Press newspaper article - part 1 of 3
Photo #24 - November St Joseph News-Press newspaper article - part 2 of 3
Photo #25 - November St Joseph News-Press newspaper article - part 3 of 3
Photo #26 - 1955 photo of the theater entrance
Photo #27 - 1953 Belt Drive-in's Kiddie Karnival advertisement
Photo #28 - 1953 Belt Drive-in's Kiddie Karnival
Photo #29 - Belt Drive-In theater entrance




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BELT & MITCHELL AVENUE INTERSECTION

The Belt Super Market was located on the southeast corner of Belt & Mitchell
The building was razed due to a severe fire
A clinic occupied the area for many years
A new CVS Pharmacy now occupies the area

Photo #1 - Circa 1977: DX service on the left and Belt Supermarket
Photo #2 - Circa 1978: Henry's Hamburgers, Belt Super Market
Photo #3 - Circa 1981: Photo showing the Belt Super Market after the fire
Photo #4 - Circa 2012: The new CVS Pharmacy




BELT MOTEL
302 South Belt Highway


Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location




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BELT MOTEL
TRAVEL LODGE
BUDGET MOTOR INN
1328 North Belt

This motel has had numerous owners and name changes over the years
The Belt Motel is located on the west side of the Belt Highway north of Frederick
It looked quite different back when it was Travel Lodge
Budget Motor Inn is just north of the Burger King sign
Note: the water tank was orignally a metallic color and is now painted baby blue

Photo #1 - Originally, this was the Belt Motel
Photo #2 - The motel was changed to Travel Lodge
Photo #3 - 2006 photo - named the Budget Motor Inn






BELT HI-WAY DX & CAFE
Belt & Mitchell Avenue

This DX service station was located on the NE corner of Belt & Mitchell Avenue
At the time of this photo was taken, the DX station appears to be out of business as the gas pumps had been removed
When the station was razed, Klein Motors occupied the lot
Currently Klein Motors still occupies the lot




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BELT SUPER MARKET
1301 South Belt Highway

The store was located on the southeast corner of Belt & Mitchell
It was destroyed by fire and was never rebuilt
Several clinics have occupied the area since
In 2012, the clinic was razed and a CVS pharmacy was constructed on the site

Photo #1 - Circa 1977 - DX service and the Belt Supermarket
Photo #2 - Circa 1978 - Henry's Hamburgers & Belt Super Market
Photo #3 - Circa 1981 - Photo showing the Belt Super Market after the fire
Photo #4 - Circa 2012 - A new CVS Pharmacy was built on the site




Circa 1955
BILL & BOB'S CAFE
2104 South Belt Highway

Structure is now gone



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BILL & BOB'S HITCHING POST
THE NUT HOUSE
KIDS KORRAL
BLACK VELVET
6415 North Belt

This used to be Bill & Bob's Hitching Post, located on North Belt
It became The Nut House in the early 70's
A really neat night club with dancing & live Rock N' Roll Bands but got closed down for selling to minors
After changing hands several times, it became a day care center for children called Kids Korral
It became Black Velvet then finally became a collectibles store
Photo #3 - Wednesday July 1st, 1970 Nut House advertisement




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Circa 1984
B & J ROLLER SKATING RINK
6421 North Belt Highway


B & J Skate Center Roller Skating Rink is a 1 floor indoor roller skating rink that is open year round




BLACK ANGUS MOTEL
1316 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location




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BODE'S TRUCK STOP
& RESTAURANT
1710 South Belt Highway

This truck stop & restaurant was located on the west side of the Belt Highway between Mitchell & US 36

It was an all white building directly across from South Belt Pizza Hut, a car lot is now at that location

They had great food, I hated to see them close down
Photo #1 - Advertisement for their fried chicken
Photo #2 - A Bode's menu




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BUTTERNUT BREAD THRIFT
STORE AND DEPOT
WONDER BREAD THRIFT STORE
400 South Belt Highway

This was a combination depot and thrift store for Butternut Bread owned by Interstate Brands in Kansas City

A transport truck from Kansas City would deliver fresh bread & other items everyday between 3a.m. and 5a.m.

I was a Butternut Bread salesman for 3 years and I worked out of this depot

There were 4 bread trucks and 2 Dolly Madison trucks working out of the depot

The bread that we put on the market was picked up 2 to 3 days later and resold in this store at reduced prices

The bad part was they would force racks of extra products on us, we would flood the market and have to pick it all back up a couple days later

I notice that bread items now sit on store shelves for a very much longer time, up to 10 days or so (makes me wonder how it works now)

When Interstate Brands purchased Wonder Bread, they dropped Butternut line

Their products then changed over to Wonder, Hostess and Dolly Madison snacks

When Wonder Bread & Hostess filed bankruptcy and went out of business, the thrift store closed it's doors forever

Pigtails N' Inkwells is currently occupying the building

They shared the south side of the lot for many years. It was a great move for them and better exposure




CARPENTER'S UNION
310 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location




CHESMORE SEED & NURSERY COMPANY
805 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location






CHURCH'S CHICKEN
502 South Belt

This is the second Church's Chicken to open in St Joseph
The first one opened in the 1400 block of Frederick Avenue in the 1970's
The Belt Highway location opened in the 1980's and is still in operation in 2013
The Frederick Avenue location no longer is in business






COMPUTERLAND
2304 North Belt Highway

Computerland was among the first computer stores in St Joseph
It opened on September 1, 1980 in a strip mall just off the Belt Highway
Computerland was a franchise store that sold only computers and related items
John and Janelle Berry of Savannah MO were the store operators
Photo - Janelle Berry of the new Computerland




COOK SALES & SERVICE
515 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location





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COOL CREST GARDEN GOLF
1400 North Belt Highway

Cool Crest Garden Golf was built in 1948 by Jan and Guy Saxton
This is one the very best miniature golf courses in the USA
I've played many other courses but have yet to find one as fine as this one
Today, Cool Crest doesn't look anything like the original
They now have 3 beautiful courses that you can play on
In warm weather, they are very busy every night
This is located at one of the busiest intersections in St Joseph

Photo #1 - February 1948 - Preparing the land for Cool Crest Garden Golf
Photo #2 - The Belt Drive-In Theater & Shangri La Motel are visible
Photo #3 - Coupon you receive if you sink your ball into a special hole after playing
Photo #4 - part of one of the courses
Photo #5 - part of one of the courses
Photo #6 - part of one of the courses
Photo #7 - St Joseph News-Press article about Cool Crest Garden Golf
Photo #8 - Cool Crest advertisement




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DAPPER DAN PIZZA & PUB
COUNTRY PALACE
U-HAUL RENTALS
1717 North Belt Highway

From 1975-1980, Dapper Dan Pizza & Pub was located here
In the early 1980's DapperDans became Country Palace. Great country bar
Local and up & coming bands played there weekly
O'Rouke Brothers, Coyote, even Teddy Paxton performed there
They would have half the building closed off though the week, on slow nights
But on the weekend the place was rocking
Parking lot was full and extending onto surrounding lots
The above Country Palace information was supplied by William Baker
U-Haul rentals is currently occupying this address
Photo #1 is a 1979 newspaper advertisement
Photo #2 shows Woolco, Country Palace & other businesses




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DARI-ETTE
1310 South Belt

The Dari-Ette was owned by PeeWee and Francis Pollard
After the Dari-ette closed, Connie Goodnight built a tavern at this location
Connie also owned the Fireside Inn further down the Belt
Unfortunately, Connie passed away but a tavern is still operating here




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DER WIENERSCHNITZEL
3630 Frederick Avenue

Many people probably don't remember Der Weinerschnitzel

In 1970, it resided on the Southwest corner of Belt & Frederick Avenue

It was a very short lived hot dog drive-in restaurant

It had a very bad location as their driveways were way too close to the Belt Highway intersection which made it really hard to exit the lot even back in 1970

You can still see the concrete driveways on Frederick Avenue

With today's traffic, getting out would be close to impossible

If we had one today at a different location, I am sure it would be a big hit

Photo #1 - Feb 1970 newspaper advertisement
Photo #2 - Der Weinerschnitzel
Photo #3 - Location where the building stood




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DOG N' SUDS DRIVE-IN
1401 South Belt Highway

This drive-in restaurant was built and operated by Don C. Gilpin
At their peak, Dog-N-Suds had around 750 restaurants operating in the USA
Today, there are only 11 remaining in operation
Once located at 1401 South Belt Highway just south of the Belt Super Market
The Dog N' Suds was known for their creamy rootbeer and great hot dogs
Their rootbeer was served in a very large glass mug and without ice for 25 cents
The building was destroyed upon closing and greatly missed by many people

Photo #1 - Curbside service
Photo #2 - Dog n' Suds rootbeer mug
Photo #3 - Dog n' Suds logo
Photo #4 - 1959 newspaper adv
Photo #5 - Curbside service




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DOLGINS CATALOG SHOWROOM
BEST STORE
PAYLESS CASHWAYS
North Belt Highway & Cook Road

The new Dolgins store opened in 1981, it was a very impressive store
Dolgins later closed to concentrate on selling their diamonds
Dave Freidel told me that when Dolgins closed, a Best Store opened in the location.
After the 2nd store closed, Payless Cashways Lumber purchased the building
Payless gave senior discounts and had low prices
Lowes opened a store nearby and began matching or beating Payless Prices
Unable to compete, Payless closed their doors when Lowes opened nearby
After Payless closed, Lowes stopped giving senior discounts and raised their prices
In 2012, the Payless building was torn down and Dick's Sporting Goods, Aldi's Grocery & Pet Smart built new stores on the land

Photo #1 - Dolgins Store
Photo #2 - The old Payless building is coming down
Photo #3 - The old Payless building is coming down
Photo #4 - Dolgins when it opened in 1981




DOZIER ELECTRICAL SERVICE
1502 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location






DUNKIN' DONUTS
3705 Frederick Avenue

1975 newspaper advertisement for Dunkin' Donuts



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Circa 1965
EAST HILLS SHOPPING CENTER
Belt & Frederick Avenue

East Hills Mall opened August 19, 1965
East Hills Mall was built by Sherman Dreiseszun in 1965 as one of the first malls in the Midwestern United States
Original tenants included Montgomery Ward, J. C. Penney, Safeway Inc., Katz Drug, Woolworth's, and Hirsch Brothers department store
The mall was expanded in 1988, and Dillard's and Sears were added
The mall underwent an extensive renovation in 2008 and 2009
In 1988, Sister's Chicken built a store in the western parking lot

Photo #1 - JC Penny & Katz Drug Store. Skaggs Drug Store later replaced Katz
Photo #2 - Woolworth opens at East Hills, September 1965
Photo #3 - Musicland in East Hills
Photo #4 - 1966 Newspaper photos of East Hills interior
Photo #5 - August 20, 1965 Katz opening day at East Hills
Photo #6 - 1970 East Hills photo
Photo #7 - 2013 East Hills photo showing new renovation
Photo #8 - Postcard prior to current remodeling
Photo #9 - 1970 Katz advertisement for 6th & Francis & East Hills
Photo #10 - Topsy Popcorn advertisement
Photo #11 - August 19, 1965 advertisement of opening day at East Hills
Photo #12 - August 18, 1965 Hirshes East Hills Advertisement
Photo #13 - August 18, 1965 Katz East Hills Advertisement
Photo #14 - August 18, 1965 Montgomery Wards East Hills Advertisement
Photo #15 - August 18, 1965 Safeway East Hills Advertisement
Photo #16 - Ladies shopping at Montgomery Wards
Photo #17 - Kinney's Shoe
Photo #18 - Paris and Playworld at East Hills
Photo #19 - 1988 Sister's Chicken Advertisement






FOX EAST HILLS THEATER
East Hills Shopping Center

This Dickinson owned 712 seat theater was located inside of the shopping center

It was located between the restrooms and the A & W Hot Dog stand

The theater opened in 1964 when East Hills first opened

The theater closed on Sunday, November 11, 1990 when their lease was due for renewal

The first movie shown was John Wayne, Dean Martin and Jeremy Slate in The Sons Of Katie Elder

At the opening, Jeremy Slate appeared in person at the Fox Theater

Included was a movie of Eugene V Klein, the President of National General Corporation, welcoming people to the new Theatre

They had a search light outside pointing to the sky

The last show was James Belushi and Michael Caine in Mr Destiny

Multi screen theaters were said to be the cause of it's demise

The theater no longer exists, it was removed during one of the first renovations




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FARMERS EQUIPMENT
3402 South Belt

This is a photo of an implement company called Farmers Equipment
It was located just north of the Leo Robert's station
The building was bulldozed down
South Belt Taco Bell is currently located at this location
Photo submitted by Dara Griffin




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FLINCHPAUGH'S REPTILE GARDEN & ZOO
Belt Highway & Frederick Avenue
3727 Frederick

After WWII, Flinchpaugh's was located at the NE corner of the Belt and Frederick
Flinchpaugh's was later located one block east of Junction US 36 & US 71 Highways
The owners were Jon and Marjorie Flinchpaugh
Flinchpaugh's Zoo and Animal Farm. What an attraction for children and adults
The building was razed sometime during the early 1960's
Alligators, monkeys, birds, and various other animals populated the building

Photo #1 - Flinchpaugh Zoo Photo submitted by Larry Flinchpaugh
Photo #2 - Newspaper advertisement
Photo #3 - 2011 photo of Larry Flinchpaugh
Photo #4 - 1958 photo of Jon Flinchpaugh & a gator
Photo #5 - Black & white photo of Flinchpaugh's
Photo #6 - 1954 newspaper advertisement
Photo #7 - Buffalo at Flinchpaughs in 1951
Photo #8 - Vicky Lynn the Chimp
Photo #9 - Front view as it looked in the 1950's

Watch Larry Flinchpaugh's 1959 10 minute video of his parent's attraction
Flinchpaugh's Reptile Garden and Zoo





FORNEY ARC WELDERS
3310 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location




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FREDDYS FROZEN CUSTARD
& STEAKBURGERS
210 North Belt Highway

Construction of Freddy's Frozen Custard began in December 2014
It is a new restaurant that is under construction
It was scheduled to be open sometime in January or February 2015
Photo #3 was taken in April 2015, the restaurant has not opened yet
It is located just north of the Belt Bowling building




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FROG HOP BALLROOMS
(1st and 2nd Frog Hop Ballrooms)
Belt Highway & Pickett Road

St Joseph has had 3 Frog Hop Ballrooms, this is the information about the 1st two

Frank Frogge built the original Frog Hop Ballroom in 1928

It opened on New Years Eve of that year with an attendance of 3000

At the time, Highway 71 and Pickett road considered to be out in the country

The Frog Hop was the most famous of St Joseph's many dance halls

Some famous performers and bands that appeared at the Frog Hop were Cab Calloway, Count Basie, Ozzie Nelson & his band, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Glen Miller and many others

In 1936, Frank Frogge sold the business to Tom Archer who continued bringing big name entertainment to the hall

The 1st Frog Hop burned down on February 19,1945 and it was rebuilt on the same site a year later

The 2nd Frog Hop burned down again in 1952 and never reopened

In 1958, two local promoters built a 3rd Frog Hop at 2402 North Belt Highway

All of the above photos are of the 1st and 2nd Frog Hop Ballroom

Photo #1 - The Frog Hop Ballroom
Photo #2 - The Frog Hop Ballroom burning in 1945
Photo #3 - Inside view of the original Frog Hop Ballroom built in 1928
Photo #4 - Larger photo Frog Hop Ballroom inside view built in 1928
Photo #5 - Frog Hop Ballroom at Belt & Pickett
Photo #6 - Frank A. Frogge,Frog Hop pickup truck advertising the Frog Hop Ballroom
Photo #7 - Frog Hop Ballroom at Belt & Pickett
Photo #8 - 1993 Newspress/Gazette newspaper article on the Frog Hop
Photo #9 - A good vintage photo of the Frog Hop Ballroom
Photo #10 - Photo collage of all 3 Frog Hop Ballrooms
Photo #11 - 1954 photo - Ray Alburn band at the Frog Hop
Photo #12 - 1943 newspaper ad for Louis Armstrong at the Frog Hop
Photo #13 - Frog Hop #1 burning down
Photo #14 - The remains of Frog Hop #1
Photo #15 - The remains of Frog Hop #1
Photo #16 - The remains of Frog Hop #1
Photo #17 - A not very good photo of a photo of Frog Hop #2
Photo #18 - Frog Hop Ballroom and Frog Hop Gas Station map
Photo #19 - June 1949 St Joseph Gazette adv for the 2nd Frog Hop Ballroom
Photo #20 - Frog Hop owner, Frank A. Frogge




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FROG HOP BALLROOM
(#3 Frog Hop Ballroom)
2402 North Belt Highway

This is the 3rd and last Frog Hop Ballroom in St Joseph

In 1958, George Swafford built this last Frog Hop at 2402 North Belt

The Frog Hop was a great place for high school proms and other social functions

Claude and Regina Hull took over the Frog Hop in 1969

The Hulls ran it until 1978 when the famed ballroom closed for good

The building was a disco and a country western dance hall from 1979 until 1985 when Steve Eckard bought the building

Mr Eckard opened a carpet and wallpaper store in the building

Mr Eckard is still in the carpet business today as Eckard Carpet Store

Regina R. Hull and Donald E. Hull are still the current licensed owners of the Frog Hop Ballroom

Photo #1 - 1958 photo of the Frog Hop Ballroom
Photo #2 - Eckard's Carpet store submitted by Terry McGinnis
Photo #3 - Guy Lumbardo playing at the Frog Hop Ballroom in 1960
Photo #4 - 1975 marque showing Liquid Fire scheduled to perform
Photo #5 - Liquid Fire Band photo submitted by Brooke Hickman
Photo #6 - The Kingsmen poster submitted by Brooke Hickman
Photo #7 - 1962 Central High School Prom
Photo #8 - 1962 Central High School Prom
Photo #9 - 1962 Central High School Prom
Photo #10 - 1962 Central High School Prom
Photo #11 - 1962 Central High School Prom
Photo #12 - 1958 ceiling Silver Leaf souvenir




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FROG-HOP GAS
Belt & Pickett Road

Frank Frogge founded both the station and the original Frog Hop Ballroom
Birdie and Mac Heerlein ran the station during the 1940s
Delbert and Eileen Spalding managed the station in 1951 and ran it for 42 years
This station was located at Belt & Pickett Road
The original station was damaged during a storm and was replaced by a smaller structure
They always had gas for less and for a small station, sure did a lot of business
After being closed for many years, the structure was torn down in 2011

Photo #1 - The original Frog-Hop Gas station
Photo #2 - Newspaper photo
Photo #3 - Delbert and Eileen Spalding
Photo #4 - Delbert and Eileen Spalding
Photo #5 - Taken just before razing in 2011
Photo #9 - Map & info on Frog Hop Ballrooms and Station




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GOLDEN CORRAL
MANCHESTER STEAK HOUSE
THE TAP ROOM BAR & GRILL
MARIACHI MEXICAN GRILL & CANTINA
1702 North Belt Highway

Golden Corral was once located at this address
The old Golden Corral building remained empty for many years
The building was remodeled and became Manchester Steak House
After Manchester Steak House closed, it became the Tap Room
The Tap Room closed in 2014
It became Mariachi Mexican Grill and Cantina in late May 2014
The lady who owns Hunan's Chinese Restaurant leases the building to Mariachi




Circa 1958
GREAT LAKES MOBILE HOMES
1721 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location




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GRIFF'S HAMBURGERS
724 North Belt

I don't remember this place - anyone remember it?
Bank Midwest built a new bank at this address, the original structure is gone
Griff's Hamburgers is a regional fast food chain founded in 1960 by Griff's of America, Inc. of Kansas City, Missouri




GROOM'S IMPLEMENT
410 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location




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GROUND ROUND
3700-3708 Frederick Avenue
6th & Edmond
5 GUYS BURGERS & FRIES
3700 Frederick Avenue

Once located on the SE corner of Belt & Frederick in the East Hills parking lot
The original structure was built for Howard Johnsons
After Howard Johnsons moved out, it became the Ground Round
Ground Round moved downtown to 6th & Edmond in July 2012
The move downtown to a larger & newer building was a great move
The Ground Round has plenty of room now for dinner parties
Ground Round's old structure was demolished in 2012
A new building was built where the old Ground Round once stood
Currently occupying the new building are 5 guys Burgers & Fries, a hair salon, Sprint and a Mexican sandwich shop

Photo #1 - Ground Round at Belt & Frederick Avenue location
Photo #2 - Ground Round at Belt & Frederick Avenue location
Photo #3 - Ground Round Sign at Belt & Frederick Avenue location
Photo #4 - Ground Round Sign at Belt & Frederick Avenue location
Photo #5 - 2012 Ground Round demolition photo
Photo #6 - 2013 photo of Ground Round new building at 6th & Edmond
Photo #7 - 5 Guys Burger & Fries new building
Photo #8 - 5 Guys Menu
Photo #9 - Ground Round at Belt & Frederick Avenue location
Most photos submitted by Marcia Hayes




Herbison Herbison

H & S SERVICE STATION
JIM HERBISON STANDARD
LARRY'S STANDARD
1302 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory as H & S Service Station
Located on the SW corner of Belt Highway & Mitchell Avenue
This station always had the highest price gas in town but they had great service & repairs
When Larry died, no one reopened the station
It has been sitting empty for many years
Photo #1 submitted by Rodney Keyes




Hardees

HARDEE'S
Belt & Frederick Avenue

This prime Belt Highway location once housed our 1st Hardee's
This Hardee's was much better than the Hardee's we have in town today
It was located on the NE corner of Belt and Frederick Avenue
Back in the 1960's & 1970's, they had a great tenderloin sandwich
The building had sat empty for many years
The building was finally torn down a few years ago
A fancy new medical clinic was built in it's place



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HEINIE'S STEAK HOUSE
520 South Belt Highway

Heinie's was the first family restaurants on the Belt Highway
Heinie's was one of St Joseph's finest resturants
They were known for their fabulous steak and BBQ rib dinners
It was located on the northwest corner of Belt Highway and Messanie Street
In 1989 or 1990, it was replaced by a BBQ Restaurant
Later an auto parts store was built on the location which is still currently there
In photo #3, Ziph's Car Wash can be seen in the background

Photo #1 - The original Heinie's Steak House
Photo #2 - The replacement of Heinie's Steak House
Photo #3 - The original Heinie's Steak House
Photo #4 - The original Heinie's Steak House
Photo #5 - Page 1 of News-Press article on Heinie's Steak House history
Photo #6 - Page 2 of News-Press article on Heinie's Steak House history
Photo #7 - Moving Heinies in the 1970's when the Belt was widened



HUGHS BROTHERS SERVICE
Belt & Mitchell




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HY-VEE GAS STATION & CONVENIENCE STORE

August 9, 2013 photos
Hollywood Video and Sprint were purchased by Hy-Vee
Construction of the new Hy-Vee gas station and convenience store
As of 2014, construction is complete
On Tuesdays of each week, the gas station offers free full service
A car wash stucture has been constructed on the north side




IDEAL DAIRY
1318 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location




IMPERIAL OIL GAS STATION
920 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location




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THE INTERSECTION AT BELT & FARAON
Circa 1960's

Circa 1960's
Look at all the trees that are not there anymore
Here are 2 different views of the intersection at Belt Highway and Faraon
Photo #1 - looking south on the Belt, the Skylark marque can be seen on the left
Photo #2 - looking east on Faraon, the Belt Highway & KFEQ tower can be seen
Photos submitted by Brooke Hickamn






INTERSTATE 29 CONSTRUCTION
Saxton Road

May 1959 newspaper photo of I-29 bridge construction over Saxton Road
The stretch of the Interstate highway between St Joseph and Kansas City was expected to be finished by 1960




JENSEN USED CARS & SALVAGE
BARNES AUTO SALVAGE
SPANKY'S BBQ
205 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location
Later became a gas station, a meat company and Spanky's BBQ




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JESSE JAMES GAS STATION
803 South Belt Highway
JESSE JAMES MOTEL
807 South Belt Highway
JESSE JAMES HOUSE

In 1958, Jesse James House, Jesse James Motel and Jesse James Gas Station were all located at one location
All three were located just south of South Belt & Locust
The house had been moved from 13th & Lafayette to the Belt Highway location and resided beside the Motel and gas station
A 50 cent admission was charged to go inside of the house
The price was later raised to $1.00 for adults and 50 cents for students
Jesse James house was moved once again to it's present home at the Patee Museum at 12th & Penn
The motel and service station were later torn down and Union Pharmacy was constructed on the site

Photo #1 - Jesse James Motel
Photo #2 - Business card for the Jesse James Gas Station
Photo #3 - Moving of the James house to the Belt Highway location
Photo #4 - Moving of the James house to the Patee House location
Photo #5 - Jesse James House at Belt Highway location
Photo #6 - Jesse James Motel matchbook cover
Photo #7 - Life Magazine photo of Jesse James house moved to the Belt Highway
Photo #8 - Admission ticket to Jesse James house
Photo #9 - 1961 advertisement sign on the Belt Highway
Photo #10 - As the Jesse James house looked in 1961




JOE'S MARKET & HARDWARE
Belt & Pickett Road





JONES PLUMBING & HEATING
1002 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location






K & H MOBILE HOME COMPANY
406 North Belt Highway





KELLER CONSTRUCTION
202 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location




KELLER TRAILER COURT
LIBERTY LANE TRAILER COURT
202 South Belt Highway

Listed as Keller Trailer Court in 1958 City Directory at this location
The trailer court no longer exists, currently occupied by Belt Sport Complex




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KEN'S PIZZA
MAZZIO'S PIZZA
THE GREAT WALL
NUMEROUS TAVERNS
815 South Belt

This was originally Ken's Pizza
Later it became Mazzio's Pizza
After Mazzio's closed, the Great Wall Chinese Restaurant moved in from their North Belt location (where Sambo's used to be, across from Cool Crest)
After the Great Wall closed, a sports bar occupied the building
I don't know who now occupies this building in 2012, last I saw, it was a tavern
Lisa Winslow, the lady in the above photo, was the manager of Mazzio's
Since the Great Wall closed, there have been numerous taverns in the building




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Circa Mid 1960's
KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN (Upper Floor)
PASQUALES PIZZERIA (Lower Floor)
206 South Belt Highway

206 South Belt Highway, KFC was located in the upper floor
Pasquales Pizzaria occupied the bottom floor
Great pizza, was only open about 1 year in the mid 1960's
Parking for Pasquales Pizzaria was behind the building
A mattress company later occupied the KFC in the upper floor
Several businesses have since occupied the building since




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KIDDIELAND
North Belt Highway
Circa: 1953

In 1953, Kiddieland was located on the Belt Hwy, one mile north of old US 36
Kiddieland offered a variety of rides for youngsters plus real Shetland Pony rides
There was a ferris wheel, a streamline train and even boat rides for the youngsters




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KING'S FOOD HOST
GREEN PEPPER
BIG CHEESE PIZZA
DON'T DRINK THE WATER
GODFATHER'S PIZZA
THE MATTRESS FIRM
619 North Belt Highway

King's Food Host was in business from 1968-1974
It was located in the Hillcrest Shopping Center
This building originally housed King's Food Host, followed by The Green Pepper
It later became Big Cheese Pizza, a popular teen hangout with an arcade area
When Big Cheese closed, it reopened as a bar called "Don't Drink The Water"
It featured live bands and Chippendale style male dancers
Godfather's Pizza opened in 1984, later moving to a strip mall at 1329 So Belt
The Mattress Firm then occupied this building

Photo #1 - A King's Food Host sign (not St Joseph's)
Photo #2 - 1970 newspaper advertisement
Photo #3 - 1974 newspaper advertisement
Photo #4 - 1984 News-Press newspaper photo
Photo #5 - The Green Pepper




KINZIE SERVICE STATION
324 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location




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KKJO RADIO STATION
PAYDAY LOANS
1101 South Belt

KKJO - 1550 on your radio dial
They used to play great rock and roll oldies

Photo #1 - KKJO building at Belt & Seneca Streets
Photo #2 - The popular Radio Disc Jockey Greg Everett
Photo #4 - The popular Radio Disc Jockey Greg Everett
Photo #5 - Jeff Stevens
Photo #6 - 1966 staff
Photo #7 - Tenant is now Payday Loan
Photo #8 - Tenant is now Payday Loan
Photo #9 - Wolfman Jack, the king of DJs, visiting KKJO in 1976
Photo #10 - Wolfman Jack & Bob Heater in 1976
Photo #11 - Wolfman Jack, the king of DJs, visiting KKJO in 1976
Photo #12 - Wolfman Jack, the king of DJs, visiting KKJO in 1976
Photo #13 - Wolfman Jack, the king of DJs, visiting KKJO in 1976
Photo #14 - Wolfman Jack, the king of DJs, visiting KKJO in 1976
Photo #15 - Wolfman Jack, the king of DJs, visiting KKJO in 1976
Photo #16 - Wolfman Jack, the king of DJs, visiting KKJO in 1976
Photo #17 - January 7, 1976 Top 25 hits
Photo #18 - 1978 New Year for KKJO
Photos #9, 10 & 11 submitted by Brooke Hickman






KLEIN MOTORS
1209 South Belt

Klein's cute clean cars was their radio & TV slogan
It used to be a very popular used car lot, now they sell mostly camper trailers
Knapps Hearing Aids is visible in the background
In 1986, I started my first computer store in Roger Knapp's building
It was called Ye Olde Dragon's Lair Computer Shoppe
I had a huge lighted sign on sign posts out front




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KRIS & KATE'S
OLD FASHIONED ICE CREAM
2330 NORTH 36th
(Belt Highway & 36th Street)

Located on the West Side of North Belt Highway & North 36th Street intersection
During the summer months, this is a popular Ice Cream & Hot Dog spot
1950s & 60s music is played during open hours
Harley Davidson and Elvis Presley are commemorated
Photo #1 submitted by Terry McGinnis



Roberts Gas Station

LEO ROBERTS GAS STATION
3302 South Belt Highway

Hey! Great gas prices in 1955!!
Built in 1950 by Dara Griffin's grandfather, Leo Roberts, this gas station was located on the Northwest corner of South Belt Highway (Then Hwy 71) and Pear
The property is the present home of Car City Chrysler Rental
The block building located in the background was torn down, the grounds leveled out and is now the present home of South Belt Taco Bell
The house sitting up on the upper left hand corner, was moved off its foundation and relocated on 29th street south of Mitchell Ave.
Photo submitted by Dara Griffin




CABANA'S
3302 South Belt Highway




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LES'S CHICKEN ROYAL RESTAURANT
2701 South Belt

The restaurant was locatated at 2701 S. Belt, the owner was M. Leslie Ellis

It used to be where the bank is now located, on the southeast corner of Belt Highway & Pickett Road.

Does anyone have any photos or information about Les's? It was one of the neatest restaurants and had some of the best dining in town

Their French Onion soup was scrumptious. As I remember, the decor was set Mediterranean style

Description from Irene Lieffring who used to work at Les':
When Les' started in business he specalized in pan fried chicken. Later he started serving steaks. He had the best prime rib in town and when you ordered the large cut you got a LARGE cut. There was the lounge and there was the fireside room which was more family orentated. Before your meal was served you received a hot kettle of soup, salad, and a small loaf of bread on a cutting board. It was a great place to work

Photo #1 - Les's under construction
Photo #2 - Les's advertisement
Photo #3 - Les's advertisement
Photo #4 - the bank that now occupies the location






LITTLE KING
1106 South Belt





MACHINERY & TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY
104 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location




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MAID-RITE
3508 North Belt

There was a Maid-Rite at 3508 North Belt Highway in the 1970's
It was located between North Belt McDonalds and the "Y" Motel
Sturgis Leather currenty occupies the building
Coupon




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MARTIN'S "Y" MOTEL
3510 North 71 Highway (North Belt Highway)

The "Y" BBQ & Roadhouse sat on the town's outskirts, the junction of North 169 and 71 Highways
This is now one of the busiest intersections in the city and the area is really developing with a new shopping center, Lowes, Walmart, Sams Club, large movie complex, resturants and other retail businesses soon to be opening in 2005 & 2006

The resturant housed several slot machines and had 10 cabins in back, which were called, tourist courts. Many of the cabins are still standing today and are occupied by small businesses

On the south side, a filling station used to stand. The building burned down in 1939 or 1940.

Across the highway, where the Mo Highway Patrol now stands, was the Thames Stadium, ball field and race track

The Ogden Restaurant was across the highway on the northeast corner, where St Joseph Tobacco now stands




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Circa Early 1960's
McDONALDS RESTAURANT #532
601 North Belt Highway

This was the first McDonald Restaurant to open in St Joseph in the early 1960's
They sold hamburgers for 15 cents & cheeseburgers for 20 cents
The french fries were 10 cents
Photo #6 is their 1970's menu showing increased pricing

Photo #1 - Current 2012 photo
Photo #2 - newspaper advertisement
Photo #3 - 1963 newspaper advertisement
Photo #4 - Left to right, Jim Kelly, Greg Everett, Danny Taylor
Photo #5 - McDonalds view from the Belt Highway
Photo #6 - 1970's McDonald menu & prices




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MED CLINIC
URGENT CARE CLINIC
CVS PHARMACY
Belt & Mitchell

The Belt Super Market was at this location until it burned down
Med Clinic then built the clinic here, SW corner of Belt & Mitchell
After Med Clinic closed, Urgent Care took over the building
The building was torn down the 2nd week of March 2011
A CVS Drug store was built on this location in 2011






MISSOURI HIGHWAY PATROL
3525 North Belt Highway

1942 Missouri State Highway Patrol Car
Unknown Officer
Troop H




ODYSSEY SENTRY HARDWARE
441 South Belt Highway

Listed at this address in the 1979 City Directory




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OLYMPIA LANES BOWLING ALLEY
2414 North Belt
NO LONGER IN BUSINESS

Besides bowling, in the mid 1960's, they use to have a special room filled with standard and snooker pool tables
Olympia Lanes closed in 2016, the building was sold and modified into a organic food store




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PARISOFF DRIVE-IN MARKET
2106 South Belt Highway
3022 South Belt Highway

In 1958, the store was located at 2106 South Belt Highway
The closing of this store was a great loss
The structure no longer exists
South Belt Wal-mart now consumes this area



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PHILLIPS ROXANE
ANCHOR SERUM
BOEHRINGER-INGLEHEIM
2621 North Belt

This was originally Phillips Roxane

It is located on the southeast corner of Belt & Gene Field Road

It later became Anchor Serum and remained so for many years

It is currently Boehringer-Ingleheim, now one of the city's largest employers

They are constantly expanding, adding new structures and parking lots

Notes for photo #4: (better copy of #3)
The 1st Pizza Hut in St Joseph visible bottom right
Derby service station lights visible bottom left, building hiding structure
The Derby station no longer exists

Photo #1 - 1966 newspaper aerial photo
Photo #2 - 1977 aerial photo of Phillips Roxane
Photo #3 - an old aerial photo of Anchor Serum
Photo #4 - 1966 aerial photo of Anchor Serum




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Circa 2016
PIE FIVE PIZZA CO.
3508 North Belt

When the Martin's Y Motel was razed, construction began on a small strip mall in it's place
Located just north of the new McDonald's restaurant is this new mini mall that will house 5 businesses
The new McDonalds can be seen in a few of the above photos
Pie Five Pizza opened in the far north end of the mall the 1st week of December 2016

Photo #1 - 1966 newspaper aerial photo
Photo #2 - 1977 aerial photo of Phillips Roxane
Photo #3 - an old aerial photo of Anchor Serum
Photo #4 - 1966 aerial photo of Anchor Serum




PINE VIEW CAFE
3406 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location




PINE VIEW SERVICE STATION
3408 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location




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PIZZA HUT
2600 North Belt Highway
2709 North Belt Highway
3414 Gene Field Road

(Photo #1) This was the original and 1st Pizza Hut in St Joseph
Years later it was sold and this building has been home to 2 taverns
A new Pizza Hut was was built on the corner of Belt Highway & Gene Field road (Photo #2)
After many years, this older Pizza Hut was finally replaced with a new building (Photo #3) and photo $4
I need to take some more photos of the new and improved building
When we were in a Pizza Hut in Orlando Florida while on vacation in the mid 1990's, they had a ranking list on the wall
At the top of the list was this Pizza Hut and it had been ranked as being the #1 Pizza Hut in the nation - We thought that was pretty neat
Parking at this Pizza Hut had always been a problem
They had a very small parking lot in front
If you parked in a lot behind, those owners were always complaining about Pizza Hut customers parking in their lots, threatening to call the police, etc
Pizza Hut bought the Captain D's property behind and built their new building behind the original on the newly purchased land
Then the old building was removed thus creating a much larger parking lot in front
The new larger parking lot eleviated their parking problem
They also now have a drive thru pickup window in the rear of the building
Pizza Hut submitted some of their parking lot land to the city so the city could create a 3rd lane used for turning north onto the Belt
It was a major improvement for Pizza Hut and traffic flow




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PIZZA HUT
1617 South Belt

Photo #1 is a 1972 photo
Photo #2 is a 2016 photo




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PLAZA 8 THEATERS
2219 North Belt




PONY EXPRESS CAFE
402 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location




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PONY EXPRESS MOTEL
Belt & Frederick

The Pony Express Motel was once a Best Western motel
In Oct/Nov 2006 it was torn down to make room for a small shopping center
It was located directly across from where Burger King now stands
The restaurant and Captain's Lounge were in the northern part of the building
We stopped there for drinks on our wedding night, Sept 23, 1966

Photo #1 - Pony Express sign lit up at night
Photo #2 - Pony Express sign in daylight
Photo #3 - Distant view of the motel
Photo #4 - Pony Express sign
Photo #5 - Captain's Lounge
Photo #6 - The restaurant
Photo #7 - Advertisement
Photo #8 - Postcard
Photo #9 - Postcard




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RANCH HOUSE MOTEL
410 North Belt Highway




RAY'S USED CARS
700 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location






R-K TRAILER SALES
Belt & 169 Highway




R W MEANS HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES
2500 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location




REARDON'S GARAGE & WRECKER
215 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location
The structure no longer exists






RECORD WEAR HOUSE
1401 South Belt Highway

Mickey and Susie Bohart opened the store at this location on the South Belt Highway in 1980
They closed the store in 2014 and retired




REED STANDARD SERVICE STATION
1215 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location




R K TRAILER COMPANY
510 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location




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ROBERT HALL CLOTHING
409 North Belt

Robert Hall Clothing was located on the northeast corner of Belt & Faraon
The building changed hands several times before finally being bulldozed down
In photo #1, Jim Summer's father is standing in what was in 1968 an empty lot across the Belt Highway from the store
Robert Hall's was replaced by Liberty Sound video rental store
Liberty Sound was later replaced with another video store
In 2013, it was a tanning facility and other businesses

Photo #1 - Robert Hall's can be seen in the background of this 1968 photo
Photo #2 - The Robert Halls building was replaced with Liberty Sound Video Store
Photo #3 - Newspaper advertisement
Photo #4 - Newspaper advertisement
Photo #1 submited by Terry McGinnis




ROBERT'S LIQUOR STORE
1516 South Belt Highway

Jimmie Roberts proprietor
Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location




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ROBERTS NURSERY
3643 Pear

Roberts nursery was owned and operated by Glen D. and Mildred Roberts
It was located at 3643 Pear
Seven Up Bottling Co. currently is located at the location
The area in photo #1, where all the trees are planted, is the present home of UPCO Animal Supply




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ST JO HOUSE MOTEL
Belt Highway & Frederick Avenue




ST JOE MOTEL
908 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location




SAMBOS RESTAURANT
THE GREAT WALL CHINESE RESTAURANT
VARIOUS LOAN COMPANIES
North Belt & Sherman Avenue

Unfortunately, I have not located any photos of this Sambos
It was located across from Cool Crest Miniature Golf Course
In the mid to late 1970's, Sambos restaurant was located on the southeast corner of Belt & Sherman Avenue
Sambos was only open for a few years
After Sambos closed, the Great Wall Chinese Restaurant occupied the building
The Great Wall later moved to the Mazzio's Pizza building on South Belt Highway
Numerous loan companies have since occupied this building




S & H GREEN STAMPS
913 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location




SCHUMAKER CHIROPRACTOR
202 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location




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SHAKEY'S PIZZA
36th STREET RESTAURANT
LA DOLCE VITA
SUBWAY
501 North Belt Highway

Shakey's Pizza was located at 501 North Belt Highway (see photo #1)
After Shakey's left, it became 36th Street Restaurant
They served great meals and was a very popular restaurant
In later years, they suffered a bad kitchen fire and was closed for a while
Upon reopening, the name was changed to La Dolce Vita - 36th Street Restaurant
The original Taco Bell can be seen in photo #1
In 2010, the property was sold to the owner of Subway Sandwiches
The building was razed and a new Subway was built in it's place
The new Subway was completed and opened for business in 2012

Photo #1 - old photo, Shakey's can be seen on the right side
Photo #2 - 36th Street Restaurant
Photo #3 - La Dolce Vita marquee
Photo #4 - Shakey sign




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SHAMROCK MOTEL
3301 North Belt Highway




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SHANGRILA MOTEL
RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
North Belt Highway

The Shangrila Motel was a unique looking motel that was located just south of the Belt Drive-in theater on US Highway 71
The motel had a excellent restaurant and a lounge with a dance floor
It was managed by Ted & Joan Bolton who also lived at the motel
The vintage photo #5 shows the location of the motel in reference to Cool Crest
When photo #5 was taken, everything was on the outskirts of St Joseph on US 71
It would be interesting to know when US 71 also became known as the Belt Highway
Photo #1 is newer as it has a swimming pool, #7 does not
Photo #7 submitted by Michael Miller

Photo #1 - Business card
Photo #2 - Postcard
Photo #3 - Telephone book listing
Photo #4 - Bar of furnished soap in a motel room
Photo #5 - Aerial photo showing location to Highway 71
Photo #6 - Advertisement card
Photo #7 - Older Business Card




SHERWOOD CONOCO SERVICE STATION
303 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location






SHONEY'S RESTAURANT
2203 North Belt

In 1990, Shoney's was located here
The Ford's Quick Lube currently occupies the location





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SHOWBIZ PIZZA
BONNIE & CLYDE'S
ROLLING HILLS TOYOTA
1607 North Belt

In 1985, Showbiz Pizza was located at this address
After Showbiz Pizza closed, Bonnie & Clyde's Tavern occupied the building
The building was later razed and Rolling Hills Toyota built a new building on the site
Today the Rolling Hills Toyota dealership is still located at this address




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VALENTINOS RISTORANTE
SIRLOIN STOCKADE
2204 North Belt

Both restaurants were a buffet style restaurant
Both had great food
Both were a good place to eat dinner however neither of them lasted very long for some reason






UNKNOWN SKELLY STATION
Circa: 1972
2300 North Belt

This is a 1972 photo of a Skelly Gas station that was located on the west side of the Belt, across from what was now Rod's Hallmark Cards

Rod's Hallmark Cards closed in the summer of 2012)

Another gas station was located across the highway from this one

If anyone knows any details about this photo, please let me know




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Circa 1949-1982
SKYLARK DRIVE-IN THEATER
137 North Belt Highway

Skylark Drive-In Grand Opening was on Monday, July 25, 1949
The cost was low, Adults .50 cents
There were fireworks Display at dusk, free Pony Rides, Bottle Warmers and a Diaper Service
The feature film on opening night was "South Of St Louis" staring Joel McCrea
The Skylark Drive-In was the second Durwood drive-in to be built
It was built in 1949 with a car capacity of 600
It was located across the Belt Highway from the Belt Bowl
In June of 1955, the Skylark Drive-In started to screen CinemaScope movies
Over the years the Skylark Drive-In screened mostly family, comedies, westerns, adventure and drama movies
The Skylark was managed and operated for many years by the James Kibble family
Chester & Harriet McGaughey managed the theater until it's closing in 1982
The last two movies shown were "Poltergeist" & "Clash of the Titans"
On July, 11th 1982, a fire started in the concession stand 2 hours before it was due to open that Sunday night, causing $30,000 in damage
The Skylark Drive-In did not reopen for the remainder of the 1982 drive-in season
It did not open for the 1983 drive-in season either
Everett Hughes, the Crown Cinema director of operations, commented if it did reopen it would be at half of the 600-car capacity
The attendances at the Skylark Drive-In was on the downhill before the fire and it was not profitable anymore to continue operation
It was decided in 1984 to demolish the Skylark Drive-In
Mr Hughes decided to redevelope the property into retail stores and health services offices
The lot sat empty for many years before selling a part of it to Venture
Venture built a new department store on the south end of the property and remained in business for at least 10 years
Heartland Hospital remodeled the Venture store and currently occupies the location for it's offices
Hy-Vee, numerous stores, a bank and a strip mall now occupy the Northeast area

Photo #1: 1973 photo showing the entrance to the Skylark. According to the sign on the far left, Return to the Planet of the Apes was "coming soon". Note the costumes, they were promoting the current movie, "The Legend of Boggie Creek"
Photo #2: 1949 newspaper Skylark advertisement
Photo #3: Thursday, May 17, 1984 - the large screen was taken down. The theater had been closed since the 1983 season due to the fire in the concession stand
Photo #4: 1973 newspaper advertisement
Photo #5: Speakers needed to hear the movies, they had to be hung on your car door or window. Some people drove off forgetting to remove them thus damaging their vehicle
Photo #6: Remnants of the concession stand fire July 12, 1982
Photo #1: submitted by Michael McGaughey
Photo #3 and #6-12: submitted by Terry Plumb






THE SKYSLIDE
Approx 1400 North Belt

The Skyslide was located for a short time between the water tower and Cool Crest Miniature Golf, it was great fun while it lasted
Occassional burns were received if you slipped off the gunny sack type material used for sliding down the slide




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SNOW WHITE RESTAURANT
3645 Frederick Avenue

Snow White was located on the Belt Highway just north of Frederick Avenue
The Snow White was remodeled shortly after 1957
By the late-1950's Snow White had expanded and become the largest and most popular drive-in restaurant in St Joseph
Snow White as the home of the 59 cent Big'un!, a big double decker cheeseburger with a special sauce
Every booth had a small juke box player. For a quarter you could listen to 5 songs
Their pies were made by Jerre Anne's, who made the best pies in St Joseph
In the mid 1960's, the curb service closed, only inside eating was provided
I was at the curb service one night, I observed some kids were getting out of hand squirting mustard and ketchup
The curb service was closed down permanently the very next day - this may have been the reason
In later years, Snow White was torn down and Winsteads Hamburgers was constructed on the site
Winsteads was torn down about a year or so later
Winsteads was replaced with a Walgreen Pharmacy

Photo #1 - 1957 picture of the Snow White. Some of curb service is visible
Photo #2 - as it looked in 1957
Photo #3 - taken in 1982
Photo #5 - Artist drawing of the Snow White Resturant
Photo #6 - Snow White markee
Photo #7 - Old Snow White menu (cover)
Photo #8 - Old Snow White menu (inside view)
Photo #9 - A newer Snow White menu - the Big Un is no longer 59 cents
Photo #10 - The Big Un was 65 cents
Photo #11 - Circa 1960's Snow White postcard




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HONEY BOY HONEY
SODA BOY BEVERAGE COMPANY
2824 South Belt

Honey Boy Honey is listed in the 1958 City Directory
In 1964, Ben H. Hughes,Sr created and began manufacturing Soda Boy soda pop
It was manufactured at 2824 South Belt Highway
The soda came in a large variety of flavors
The registered "SODA BOY" trademark has now expired







SOUTH BELT HIGHWAY
Circa: 2010

2010 Photo looking north
The photo taken at approximated 200 South Belt location
Hy-Vee can be seen on the right side






SOUTH BELT HIGHWAY
Circa: 1951

1951 St Joseph News Press article showing the south end of the Belt Highway where it ended. Highway 59 is on the left and highway 169/71 is on the right
This section of the Belt has now been totally changed and the Belt highway now continues south on 169 and passes beneath Interstate 29






ST JOE BOOT COMPANY
South Belt & US 36




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STUPPY FLORAL COMPANY
625 Francis
South Belt Highway
North 169 Hwy & I-29
3841 Frederick Avenue

Stuppy Floral Co was founded in St. Joseph in 1873 by L. J. Stuppy
The business started as a hobby and diversion to L. J.'s principal occupation as a court reporter. He grew plants and flowers in his own greenhouses and sold them on a retail basis
As the growing operations were expanded and more greenhouses added, surplus product was sold to other retailers and the wholesale business was established
Wholesaling of fresh flowers soon became the principal business with shipments being made as far away as Texas and Oklahoma
L. J.'s two sons, Francis X. and John Stuppy joined the business and incorporated Stuppy Floral in 1903
According to the signs in photo #2, they moved to an 8th Street location
The company continued to operate the greenhouses until 1978
They also had greenhouses at an unknown location on South Belt Highway
On their 100th anniversary, they moved to North 169 Highway & I-229
In 1983, Mr & Mrs Rob Houp purchased Stuppy Floral Company
The Houps renamed the company to Stuppy Flower & Gift Shop
In 1991, the Houps moved to their current location, 3841 Frederick Avenue, located in East Ridge Village (behind Perkins)






SUBWAY SANDWICHES
523 South Belt

This was the first Subway Sandwiches to open in St Joseph
It was located in the small section at the end of the structure
Just when I had thought about getting a franchise myself, one opened very close to my computer shop
So much for that idea. It opened in or about 1986 or 1987, just after we had returned from California where he had seen our first Subway
In 2010, the owner purchased 36th Street restaurant at 501 North Belt Highway
In 2012, bulldozed the restaurant down, built a brand new Subway and moved the operation from here to the new one
This building is currently empty as of Aug 2013, it has a realtor sign in front




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SWISS LODGE
SWISS CHALET
MONTEREY MEXICAN RESTAURANT
3101 North Belt Highway

In 1874 Swiss Immigrants banded together to form the St Joseph Gruettli
The Gruettli was a Swiss Lodge (a Swiss fraternal & social organization)
In 1928, the ladies formed an auxillary called Ladies Swiss Edelweiess Society
Annual picnics were held in town with as many as 12,000 people attending
In 1932, the Swiss Lodge was built on 4 acres purchased from the Miller Farm
In 1932, the Belt Highway was 2 paved lanes with gravel area in the middle
The lodge became popular and was also rented out for meetings, parties
In 1939, the building was enlarged, doubling it's size
In the 1970's the building was leased out as the Swiss Lodge Restaurant
The restaurant, with Swiss decor seated 150 people, also had a full bar
This building was located at 3101 North Belt Highway
It housed 3 businesses during it's lifespan
Originally it was called the Swiss Lodge
It was later named the Swiss Chalet
It was located on the east side of North Belt Highway
It was a great place for parties, picnics, meetings, etc
It was sold and remodeled to become the Monterey Mexican Restaurant
The restaurant didn't remain in business very long
The building was torn down and other structures have now taken it's place
A strip mall and a Phillips 66 gas station is now where the Swiss Chalet once sat






TACO BELL
507 North Belt

This was the first Taco Bell to open up in St Joseph
Taco Bell moved to 3301 North Belt and this building sat empty for many years
Several businesses have occupied the building over the years
The McDonalds in the photo is the first McDonalds to open in St Joseph




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T G & Y
WESTLAKES ACE HARDWARE
1325 South Belt

The TG&Y store on North 22nd Street moved to this location in March 1976
I delivered Frito Lay snacks to TG&Y at this location
They also had a store at 3605 Mitchell, a bank was constructed at it's location
It must have closed when this store opened as I did not deliver to that store
TG&Y later closed this store and moved the store to 5th Ave & St Joseph Ave
I delivered Frito-Lay snacks to them until the 1984 flood devasted their store
Since TG&Y closed on St Joseph Ave, several movie rental stores have been occupying the building
Westlakes has been occupying this old TG & Y store ever since they moved out and Greg is still manager

Photo #1 - Photo of the new store
Photo #2 - Newspaper advertisement
Photo #3 - Newspaper photo of the new store
Photo #4 - Circa: 1979







TIK-TOK CONOCO SERVICE
1414 South Belt

Listed at this address in 1958 City Directory






TIK-TOK MOTEL
1414 South Belt

It was located just north of the Tik-Tok Restaurant




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TIK-TOK CAFE
1424 South Belt

This was a great place to eat
It is missed by many people
Both the motel and the restaurant were razed



TOMMY'S PHILLIPS 66 SERVICE STATION
1415 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location




TRAVELER'S MOTEL
404 South Belt Highway






TWIN PINES GAS & RESTAURANT
BELT HIGHWAY & PEAR







TUCKER FEED & SUPPLY COMPANY
3409 South Belt

This milling company was located on the Belt Highway just north of Pear
Norman "Sparky" Tucker was the owner
The structure was torn down in 2007




TURNER MARINE SALES
RENT ALL EQUIPMENT RENTAL
409 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location




TURNER PLUMBING & HEATING
415 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location






UNKNOWN SERVICE STATION
1212 South Belt

Located on the NW Corner of Belt & Mitchell
Photo submitted by Rodney Keyes




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VENTURE DISCOUNT STORE
137 North Belt Highway

Venture opened it's first St Joseph store on October 16,1985
It had about 90,000 square feet of floor space
It closed the St Joseph location about 10 years later
By the late 1990s, Venture found that it was unable to compete against other retail chains, such as Wal-Mart, Target, and Kmart
The company announced that it was closing of all of it's stores on April 27, 1998
Most of the remaining Venture buildings were absorbed into other chains, such as Kmart, Kohl's, ShopKo, and Burlington Coat Factory




WATKIN'S SERVICE STATION
STANDARD OIL
Belt & 36 Highway




WELCH'S SERVICE STATION
STANDARD OIL
Belt & Frederick Avenue






WEST BELT & I-229





WESTERN SIZZLIN STEAK HOUSE
LIN'S CHINA BUFFET
PROFESSIONAL COMPUTERS
3137 Karnes Road

This was located on the northwest corner of Belt Highway & Karnes Road
Structure was razed in 2014
A CVS Pharmacy is scheduled to be built on this site






WIDENING THE BELT HIGHWAY
Circa: 1977

1977 St Joseph News Press article on the widening of the Belt Highway




WILEY'S SUPER SERVICE
517 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location




WILHELM REALTY
320 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location




WINEINGAR'S USED CARS
1721 South Belt Highway

Listed in 1958 City Directory at this location




Snow White

WINSTEADS
WALGREENS PHARMACY
Belt & Frederick Avenue

The Snow White property was sold to Winsteads. Winstead's lasted a year or two, then it was torn down
Walgreens Drugs built a new drug store in it's place
In September 1999, Eckards Drugs built a new drug store across Frederick from Walgreens
Eckards closed and a new CVS Pharmacy opened in their location




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WOOLCO
WAL-MART
OFFICE MAX
1417 North Belt Highway

Woolco opened here in March of 1971
Woolco would later become Wal-Mart
A & P grocery store also opened at the far south end
After Wal-mart moved their store, Office Max occupied this address
Office Max still occupies the building in 2014
The Country Palace restaurant is in the foreground
This is the only photo of the Country Palace I have

Photo #1 - 1971 photo of Woolco Department store
Photo #2 - 1981 photo of Woolco and Country Palace restaurant
Photo #3 - 1971 Woolco Department Store
Photo #4 - 1971 Newspaper Advertisement




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WYATT CAFETERIA
930 North Belt

This cafeteria served great food, it was like eating a home cooked meal
For some reason it was not very popular and went out of business
Eckerds Drugs built a new drug store at the location
Later, CVS Pharmacy took over the location

Photo #1 - Newspaper article on the demolition of the building
Photo #2 - Wyatt Cafeteria coffee cup




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"Y" Motel & BBQ
510 North 71 Highway
Entire complex was razed April 2016

3510 North 71 Highway (North Belt Highway)
Back in it's day, the "Y" Roadhouse sat on the town's outskirts
It is still located on the west side of the North 169 and 71 Highway junction
This is currently one of the busiest intersections in the city
The restaurant housed several slot machines and had 10 cabins in back
The cabins were called tourist courts
Many of the cabins are still standing today
Many of the cabins are occupied today by small businesses
On the south side, a filling station once stood
The filling staton burned down in 1939 or 1940
Across the highway, where the Mo Highway Patrol now stands, was the Thames Stadium, ball field and race track
On the northeast corner, where St Joseph Tobacco once stood, was the Ogden Restaurant
Votterot College now occupies the St Joseph Tobacco building




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ZIPH'S CAR WASH #2
BELT ALIGNMENT & FRAME
Belt & Messanie

This was originally Ziph's Car Wash
Jay Elardo purchased the structure and turned it into Belt Alignment (date unknown)
Belt Alignment is still in business as of 2013




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