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Today's "Throwback Thursday Collection" takes us to the unit block of East 30th Avenue on the south side.
The very first A&W Root Beer Drive-In in Hutch was built in May of 1956 by William Owens at 27 E. 30th. The first photo shows the drive-in on an August 1959 evening.
The second photo shows one of the carhops in action the same day.
In 1962, Gordon and Marge Troyer purchased the business and continued there until 1967 when they moved the drive-in to 206 W. 4th. They were only there until the end of 1968.
In 1969, Ron and Jean Peterson purchased the old 27 E. 30th property, razed the old building and built a more-modern A&W Root Beer Drive-In there again. That A&W outlet was there until the end of 1978.
Since then, a small office building has occupied the property. The third photo shows the 27 E. 30th property today, with The Trust Company of Kansas and A New You Day Spa residing there. The building is owned by the Shamar 1300 L.L.C.
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