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Long time car dude

El Dorado, AR

#1 Aug 30, 2011
That looks like a 1960 model Pontiac Catalina 4 door hardtop.The hard top had a much different back glass than the sedan which had a solid post between the doors.The hardtop glass was nearly straight up and down and sat under kind of a ledge in the roof where the sedan had a sloped glass that fit smooth to the roof.Where was the Dairyette and when did it close?
Buddy Holly

El Dorado, AR

#2 Aug 30, 2011
See the hill behind the cars? That's where Quizno's sits today. That was the location of the Volkswagon dealership. The Dairyette sits where the Mall is. A gentleman by the name of Jack Smith owned the Dairyette. Jukebox inside with speakers everywhere outside. This was "THE PLACE" back then.
Yes It Was

El Dorado, AR

#3 Aug 30, 2011
Everybody went there. Just imagine a giant antique car show today and you will get an idea of what it looked like around that giant parking area. The cops would circle through the lot but most times they did stop it was to shoot the bull. It was a different time than today.
happy

El Dorado, AR

#4 Aug 30, 2011
I remember going inside and playing the pinball machine.

Since: Jun 10

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#5 Aug 31, 2011
Is this where New Century sits now or where the actual mall sits?
Yes It Was

El Dorado, AR

#6 Aug 31, 2011
curiousj wrote:
Is this where New Century sits now or where the actual mall sits?
The Dairyette covered a lot of area. The building wasn't gigantic, but the parking lot was. If anybody wants to correct me on this, I know you will, but, I would guess around three acres. It wasn't that deep as much as long. Where the actual Mall sit's now, the store's part was woods. Been a long time and I can't remember in detail. Those were mini skirt day's so the landscape wasn't the first priority.

Since: Jun 10

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#7 Aug 31, 2011
I was just curious. No big deal. I love to see pics of the towns in that era.
humm

El Dorado, AR

#8 Aug 31, 2011
Yes It Was wrote:
<quoted text> The Dairyette covered a lot of area. The building wasn't gigantic, but the parking lot was. If anybody wants to correct me on this, I know you will, but, I would guess around three acres. It wasn't that deep as much as long. Where the actual Mall sit's now, the store's part was woods. Been a long time and I can't remember in detail. Those were mini skirt day's so the landscape wasn't the first priority.
I wonder when it was torn down? I don't remember it. I moved here back in the early 70's. I do remember a big field with a creek running down the middle. People would say that no one would put something in over there because of the creek. Then in a few years they put in the mall! It was nice back in the day. Strange that it deteriorated faster than other places around El Do.
Old man

El Dorado, AR

#9 Aug 31, 2011
To- yes it was and curious j- In the mid 1960's you had El Dorado Volkswagon (owned by Don Gupton) at the top of the hill then coming North along N West Ave about 500 feet The Dairyette,(owned by Jack Smith) just North of it was Glenn's Electronics and Television Service (owned by Hubert Glenn who later was the owner of Glenn's Marine on E. Main) behind Glenn's Electronics was
Bob & Jim's TV and Radio Repair (owned by the Barnica Brothers)Just North of Glenn's Electronice was Byrd Tire Co( Owned by Jack and TM Byrd). Just North of Byrd Tire was Bishop Brothers Motor Co and Bishop Bros Esso Service Station( owned by OE and Woodrow Bishop) I think Gary Bishop owned or operated the service station. Then just North of what is now 81th St. was Jim Walter Homes- Today it is Murphy Motors. Across the street was Arkla Gas Station and then 3 nice homes of Alphin, Mabray and James. the James home and acreage is where Home Depot is today- Oh those were quite the days the mid 1960's.Mabray and Alphin homeplace is Brookshires today.
Yes It Was

El Dorado, AR

#10 Aug 31, 2011
humm wrote:
<quoted text>I wonder when it was torn down? I don't remember it. I moved here back in the early 70's. I do remember a big field with a creek running down the middle. People would say that no one would put something in over there because of the creek. Then in a few years they put in the mall! It was nice back in the day. Strange that it deteriorated faster than other places around El Do.
Not sure when it was tore down. I went in the military in Jan. 66 and it was open. Was gone for a few years. The Mall was built in 1973. So, somebody will read this eventually and know some more details. It was truly a home away from home for one generation.
Burger eater

Dallas, TX

#11 Aug 31, 2011
Wish they were still open so I could buy a burger from them!
Henry Evans

United States

#12 Jan 11, 2012
If this picture could talk.
B D B

El Dorado, AR

#13 Jan 11, 2012
Henry Evans wrote:
If this picture could talk.
Hello Henry, it's been years. If this picture starts talking it's going to be a lot of explaining going on. Thank God for the statute of limitations.
wps1981

United States

#14 Jan 11, 2012
My mother always talked about riding her horse to the dairyette when she was a teenager. Love the nostalgic pics and forums. Keep posting!
Happy Days

El Dorado, AR

#15 Oct 19, 2012
If the generation today even had an inkling of that generation's day, they would die of envy. I'm going to name a few, somebody else continue the list. Billy Ed Burley, Ricky Bailey, Larry Wheelus, Henry Evans, Max Michael, Tony Porter, Clyde Hanry, Joe Carroll, Ricky Michael, Danny Hobbs, Tony Briggs, Steve Tear, Jim Barksdale, Bill Barksdale, Bobby Barksdale, Coy Lee Barksdale, Butch McCoy, Bob Estridge, Billy Price, Johnny Price, Jimmy Price.
Don Chambers

Florence, SC

#16 Jan 15, 2013
Jimmy Hayes could have had an ice cream cone here.
Can anyone remember? If so email me at:
11alaman@bellsouth.net
He and I were like brothers.
Compatible

El Dorado, AR

#17 Dec 7, 2014
curiousj wrote:
Is this where New Century sits now or where the actual mall sits?
I couldn't remember where the Dairyette was, thanks for the insight. I remember the Dairy Queen was towards town. This is what confused me.
veteran Vietnam

El Dorado, AR

#18 Dec 8, 2014
The Dairy Queen was located where Andy's is today. Dairyette was located about where Applebees is today. Oh man--- do I remember those days.

Since: Aug 08

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#19 Dec 8, 2014

“The Donald for President”

Since: Mar 14

Narragansett, RI

#20 Dec 8, 2014
roboblogger2 wrote:
Wow. That is too cool. Is it a prelude to Dairy Queen?

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