King Hill Avenue
From Lake Boulevard to Texas Avenue
(See the SOUTH ST JOSEPH section for the connecting Streets)


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LAKE BOULEVARD INTERSECTS


EAST FLORENCE ROAD ONCE INTERSECTED KING HILL AVE
(Burlington railroad closed off the road to public travel many years ago)





Circa 1946
R-K TRAILER COMPANY
3621 King Hill Avenue

Photo - 1946 St Joseph News Press advertisement




BURLINGTON BANNER CAFE
Florence Road & King Hill Avenue

Florence Road & King Hill Avenue
Structure is now gone, Burlingto Railroad purchased Florence addition years ago
The railroad closed off the road to public travel






KING HILL DRIVE-IN
3701 King Hill Avenue

Larry Morse says he has a photo somewhere - maybe someday I will have it
In later years, the Missourian Tavern replaced the cafe




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MISSOURIAN TAVERN
3701 King Hill Avenue
(Lake Avenue & King Hill Avenue)

When King Hill Drive-In restaurant was razed, the Missourian tavern was constructed
The lady in photo #2 purchased the Missourian in January 2014 and closed it in August 2014 because of the smoking ban
Photo #1 submitted by Rodney Keyes




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Circa 1952
UNITED RENTALS
3702 King Hill Ave
RENT-ALL EQUIPMENT COMPANY
3702 King Hill Ave
RENT-ALL FURNITURE
3702 King Hill Ave

After United Rentals, Rent-All Equipment occupied this address
Unknown to me, it may have been just a name change
For many, many years, Rent-All Equipment could rent you just about any tool or piece of equipment that you could possibly need or think of
They built a new Rent-All Equipment store at 3002 South 6th Street
The store at this location was converted into Rent-All Furniture
This location now rents new and used furniture and appliances



PARKWOOD STREET INTERSECTS



BUD WILSON MOTORS
3910 King Hill Ave




GLENWOOD STREET INTERSECTS



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ALPH HOLZHAUSER SERVICE STATION
CARPENTER OIL
4125 King Hill Avenue

Photo #3 Alph Holzhauser (in the white shirt), taken about 1948
In 1953, this station was Carpenter Oil gas station
Photo #3 submitted by Alph Holzhauser's niece, Sally Hubbard




PACKERS CAR LOT
4127 King Hill Avenue





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A & W ROOT BEER
ARNOLD'S THIRS-T DRIVE-INN
BROASTED CHICKEN
HILLSIDE MOTORS
4129 King Hill Avenue

In 1960, this structure was listed as Thirs-T Drive-in resturant
The Thirs-T was a subsidiary of A & W Root Beer
It featured car hop service and their Broasted Chicken was the best in town
We lost a great place to eat when Thirs-t closed
Another restaurant opened later at this location but didn't last long
Hill Side Motors, an auto sales company followed

Photo #1 - 1960's advertisement
Photo #2 - 1979 advertisement
Photo #3 - Hill Side Motors photo
Photo #4 - Being used for storage



COFFEE STREET INTERSECTS





CANTON STAND SERVICE STATION
4406 King Hill Avenue







Circa 1925
CENTRAL OIL COMPANY
SERVICE STATION
Was located below the Viaduct




First Baptist Mount Union Church

First Baptist Mount Union Church
4604 King Hill Avenue

Photo submitted by Rodney Keyes



CLAYTON STREET INTERSECTS



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Circa 1953
OZENBERGER ICE CREAM
4702 King Hill Avenue

At one time, Ozenberger had 2 ice cream shops, one on King Hill Avenue and one on Frederick Avenue
A convenience store/gas station now occupies this location
Photos #1 & #2 - by Arts Engraving
Photo #3 - 1951 St Joseph News Press advertisement



Marcus Pitluck Grocery

STAFFORD GROCERY
MARCUS PITLUCK GROCERY
PITLUCK PACKAGE LIQUOR
4715 King Hill Avenue

In 1953, this was Stafford Grocery
Photo submitted by Rodney Keyes




Stafford Grocery

STAFFORD GROCERY
4722 King Hill Avenue

Photo submitted by Rodney Keyes



NEBRASKA STREET INTERSECTS



STEWART ROOFING COMPANY
4819 King Hill Avenue





King Hill Tabernacle

KING HILL PENTECOSTAL TABERNACLE
4822 King Hill Avenue

Photo submitted by Rodney Keyes



KANSAS STREET INTERSECTS



DARIETTE ICE CREAM
4903 King Hill Avenue

In 1953, the Dariette Ice Cream was at this address
It is currently a slab of concrete on an empty lot




BLUE BLAZE TAVERN
4909-4911 King Hill Avenue

In 1953, the Blue Blaze Tavern was located at this address
The structure is now gone, just an empty lot remains






1945 Aerial View of King Hill in this area

An aerial view looking south roughly from the King Hill & Missouri Avenue area
Most of the structures no longer exist
The Dairy Queen has not been built yet






DAIRY QUEEN
4915 King Hill Avenue

This Dairy Queen has been closed now for several years






Circa 1921
BURKE-O'BRIEN SHOE COMPANY
4925 King Hill Avenue



MISSOURI STREET INTERSECTS





Circa 1940
SOUTH SIDE FURNITURE COMPANY
Northeast Corner
King Hill Avenue & Missouri Avenue

Photo - 1940 St Joseph News Press advertisement
The building no longer exists




Paradise Donuts1 Paradise Donuts2 Paradise Donuts3 4

Circa 1889
PEOPLE'S FURNITURE & CARPET
Circa 1970's
PARADISE DONUTS
4 ACES BBQ
King Hill Avenue & Missouri

In 1889, People's Furniture opened on the southeast corner of King Hill Avenue & Missouri Avenue
The family-owned furniture store was opened by F.R. Kimber and F.E. Vancil in South St. Joseph
Longtime employee John Furlong purchased the business from Mr. Kimber and Mr. Vancil in 1949
In 1971, Mr. Furlong moved the store to 3603 Frederick Avenue
People's Furniture closed in 2014
In the mid 1970's, the Paradise Donut Shop was here
The 4 Aces BBQ shared the same building with Paradise Donuts
The donut shop, owned by Jan Lloyd, closed around 1995
Data supplied by Terry Plumb
Photo #3 - submitted by Rodney Keyes
Photo #4 - 1947 St Joseph News Press Advertisement




HY-KLAS #12
5002 King Hill Avenue





SEGRIST JEWELRY
5004 King Hill Avenue







COMIQUE SILENT MOVIE THEATER
5005 King Hill Avenue

Listed in the 1912 City Directory as the Comique Theater at 5005 King Hill Ave
It was only listed in the 1912-1915 City Directories
It was listed as being vacant in the 1916,1917 & 1918 City Direectories
It was a short lived silent theater
The 5005 address is no longer a valid address
Evidently it was either torn down or absorbed by the building in the photo
All above photo and information was submitted by Terry Plumb
Terry drives up from KC and researches theater data for me




VANITY FAIR BEAUTY SHOP
5006 King Hill Avenue





GABRIEL USED FURNITURE
5007 King Hill Avenue

Harold Gabriel proprietor






Circa 1922
MOUNTAIN VALLEY MINERAL WATER
5008 King Hill Avenue

Photo - 1922 St Joseph News Press advertisement




CRANE SUPPLIES
Hardware store
5010 King Hill Avenue







Circa 1900
ST JOSEPH NEWS-PRESS
South St Joseph Office
5011 King Hill Avenue
KING HILL CIGAR STORE
5011 King Hill Avenue





FELCH HARDWARE & VARIETY
5012 King Hill Avenue





SHERMAN'S PRESCRIPTION SHOP
& KING HILL BARBER & BEAUTY SHOP
5018 King Hill Avenue





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SPOT CAFE
5021 King Hill Avenue
212 South 5th Street

Once the Spot Cafe was at 2 locations, 5021 King Hill Avenue and 212 So. 5th
The 5th street location was closed by 1960
King Hill location closed in 2011 and was for sale
The Spot Cafe is open again in 2013




GRIFFITH SHOE REPAIR
5020 King Hill Avenue

Vincil Griffith proprietor




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Circa 1935
HESSE-RIX COMPANY
Circa 1947
FRANCIS PAINT & WALLPAPER COMPANY
FRANCIS REALTY & INSURANCE
5022 King Hill Avenue

Photo #1 - 1935 Hesse-Rix Advertisement
Photo #2 - 1947 Francis Paint advertisement




Turf Club

TURF CLUB
5025 King Hill Avenue





COML REFRIGERATION
GEIWITZ HARDWARE
5026 King Hill Avenue

In 1953, this was Coml refrigeration




PEOPLE'S FURNITURE (WHOLESALE)
5027 King Hill Avenue




COLORADO STREET INTERSECTS



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UNKNOWN FURNITURE COMPANY
5023 King Hill Avenue

Photo #1 - submitted by Rodney Keyes
Photo #2 - 2017 Photo of the south side of the building






MARY'S DRIVE-IN
GUS & VERA PARADISE CAFE
5104 King Hill Avenue

In 1953, this was Mary's Drive-in restaurant
Photo submitted by Rodney Keyes




GROSS CLINIC
5105 King Hill Avenue





CORRAL DRIVE-IN
5106 King Hill Avenue





SNOW WHITE LAUNDRY
5108 King Hill Avenue





DIPSY DOODLE TAVERN
5108 King Hill Avenue





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Circa 1940
HOOK MOTOR COMPANY
Willys Authorized dealer
5112 King Hill Avenue
Circa 1960
JACKSON'S FURNITURE
5112 King Hill Avenue
NICK SCHULTZ ELECTRIC COMPANY
5112 King Hill Avenue
DON'S SALES COMPANY
5112 King Hill Avenue

The building no longer exists
Photo #1 - 1960 St Joseph News-Press advertisement
Photo #2 - 1966 St Joseph News-Press advertisement
Photo #3 - 1940 St Joseph News-Press advertisement



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