"Big Chief Under a Big Kansas Sky"- A Postcard From Kansas

by Mike Boss

Acrylic on Birch Panel
16" x 9 3/4"
From the collection of Carol Hobbs, Hill City, Kansas

Even Kansas City, Kansas had a spectacular example of roadside architecture, the Indian Head Root Beer Stand. Built in the early thirties, the owners served hot dogs, hamburgers and the usual soda stand menu items.

In 1953, two brothers, Tom and Bob Walters purchased the stand carrying on the early traditions as well as adding their own recipes for orange and grape sodas served in mugs. Car hops came on the scene in the fifties and stayed on until the stand was demolished c. 1963.

The Indian Head Root beer stand was on the west side of North 38th Street and just north of State Avenue.