Dairy Queen: Founded 70 Years Ago

These ice cream treats at Dairy Queen represent the soft serve ice cream served in their stores seventy years after being founded in 1940 and is one of the oldest fast food places.

The first Dairy Queen opened in Joliet, Illinois in 1940. For many years Dairy Queens were the only fast food place in many cities before the advent of McDonalds, Burger Chef, Burger King and many other fast food places.

2010 is not only the 70th anniversary of Dairy Queen but also is the 25th anniversary of the Blizzard.  The Blizzard is my favorite ice cream treat especially any Blizzard that has pecans.

I can remember the Dairy Queen close to the L&A railroad track in Pineville and many fast food places have opened in the same spot over the years since the Dairy Queen moved to another site on Main Street and is now located adjacent to Pineville Park Baptist Church.

We don’t have a Dairy Queen nearby in Knoxville so we haven’t been to one lately here but I am really missing the steak finger baskets so may have to see if the steak finger baskets in Knoxville taste as good as the ones in Pineville, Louisiana.

The steak finger baskets have been one of my favorite foods at Dairy Queen and not found at most fast food places.
Dairy Queen store located in Iowa City, Iowa in 1988.

Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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