Hanson's Drive In
September 1947 to February 1962
I created this page not as an insider with special knowledge or a relative of the Hanson family but as a remembrance of the place that I remember as our teenage hangout, restaurant and a place to socialize or meet new friends. It was also the place to cruise and sound off that gutted muffler or scratch off in the gravel. The juke box was loud and although you might see a single boy and girl in a car, it was more common to see a car load of boys looking for a car load of girls. The car hops were a lot of fun and the food was great. My favorite was the Steak Sandwich when I had the money but even better was to go inside and enjoy one of those famous Blue Ribbon Steaks.
Inside Hanson's you would find Mrs. Sarah Hanson minding the store and Mr. J.W. roaming the grounds trying to keep a little order. Inside there were some private rooms for families and groups that were also convenient for a gang of us to "cut up" a little without disturbing the family groups. I also remember the pin ball machines inside that I lost a few nickels in over those years.
I have posted some pictures and comments donated by others on this page and I have included a Guest Book that you can post your comments and remembrances about Hanson's.
There is no guarantee of the accuracy of the information on this page as this is based on personal remembrances and is posted for fun and entertainment. The pictures that I found were in electronic public domain and I do not know the artists or intend to violate copyrights.
Bobby LHS Class of 56
Hanson's Guest Book
Click Here for Hanson's in the News
Thanks to Joel White for the use of
the LaGrange Daily News articles
Please excuse that some articles
are not real clear because of my scanner
Not sure of date of this picture
Picture adjusted by Frank Reese
Sarah and J.W. Hanson Phyllis Hanson (niece)
J.W. Hanson Bobby Moore (carhop)
The pictures above were provided by Joy Shepherd Ward
Please Post Your Memories and Comments in the Guest Book
Hanson's Guest Book
April 14, 2009