Chick Inn Diner

Chick Inn Diner (HM1YPH)

Location: Winters, TX 79567 Runnels County
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N 31° 56.502', W 99° 57.783'

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Mass production of the automobile ushered in an era of business expansion and increased mobility. Food stands and booths quickly appeared along roadways for hungry motorists. These stands eventually evolved into the drive-in, complete with curb service. Automobile-related businesses multiplied greatly after World War II. By the 1950s, drive-in diners were a symbol of youth and often were the nucleus of social activity, especially in rural areas. In 1950, W.H. Kemper and R.A. Doberrer acquired a lot on the outskirts of Winters and constructed a small, wood-frame structure which they named El Rancho Drive-In. It was laid out with parking spaces on the north and south sides, encircled by an asphalt drive. A small screen lean-to was attached to the south facade for car hops to place orders. After only a few months, they sold the restaurant to a local couple who changed the name to the Chick Inn.
     From the day of its opening, the Chick Inn was a gathering place for young people in the community. Many residents recall fond memories of "making the drag" around the drive-in and enjoying burgers, shakes and fountain drinks. On weekends, the Chick Inn parking lot would be near capacity, with as many or more people "hanging out" outside. For over thirty years, the drive-in and diner was a cultural icon for the Winters community. On March
14, 1982, a tornado touched down south of Winters and began a path toward the Chick Inn. Homes and businesses were destroyed, and the damage to the drive-in was so extensive the building was demolished. Gone but not forgotten, the Chick Inn's history and importance to generations of Winters residents will remain.
Year Placed2013
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 408975 N 3534378
Decimal Degrees31.94170000, -99.96305000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 56.502', W 99° 57.783'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 56' 30.12" N, 99° 57' 46.98" W
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Area Code(s)325
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1408 S Main St, Winters TX 79567, US
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