I can remember growing up in Pineville, Louisiana and going across the Red River to Alexandria where we would go to the A&W Root Beer place in our 1949 Packard.
How could we ever forget those icy mugs filled with root beer? Those were a special treat since my parents didn’t take us kids out to eat very often in those days.
Roy Allen made the first root beer in a mug in June of 1919 in Lodi, California and sold it for a nickel. He took on a partner in Frank Wright one of the first people he had hired at the Lodi establishment. They took the first initials of both their names and named the root beer A&W Root beer.
It is getting very difficult to find an A&W Root Beer stand. They still exist but they seem to be in smaller cities mostly.
According to the A&W Root Beer website there are only twelve A&W Root Beer stands remaining in Tennessee.