Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Hi-Boy Drive-In

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 10:52 AM

36c1/1247588324-hiboydriveinad-1964-smaller.jpg Once again, a photo from an old White Station High School yearbook has offered a glimpse into the past. Here is a 1964 view of Mt. Moriah, looking north towards Poplar (though it's not visible in the distance). Memphians still shop at this same building on Mt. Moriah, though today it houses an Easy Way Market. But in the mid-1960s, it housed one of our city's two Hi-Boy Drive-Ins. Not a very fancy place, that's for sure, but quite a popular one, as I recall, with very tasty milkshakes.

A couple of things about this photo caught my eye. First of all, I admired the little Nash Metropolitan parked out front, since the Lauderdales own an identical vehicle (though, unfortunately, not running). Next, you'll notice what looks like a shack next door, part of the old McKinney-Truse neighborhood, a cluster of houses that was demolished to make way for businesses.

I wish I could see the Hi-Boy sign better in this photo, but it's just too small here.

And finally, if you squint really hard, you may be able to make out the gleaming-white 1960s-era Texaco gas station way in the distance, where Mt. Moriah and old Mt. Moriah split apart. It's an empty lot today.

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