Hi-Way Drive-In

US-77 and Farm to Market 1355,
Kingsville, TX 78363

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Located at the NW corner of N. 14th Street (Business Highway 77) and Farm to Market 1355. Owned by L.E. Harvey, it parked 300 cars

The Hi-Way Drive-In opened August 18, 1948 and closed March 31, 1952.

Contributed by Silicon Sam

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Drive-In 54 on June 3, 2012 at 1:27 am

Uploaded Goggle earth from 1956 at the location on the header. After reading the comments is this the Hi-way DI? Confused???

matt54 on June 4, 2012 at 10:50 am

As Yakima1 stated, the HiWay opened in 1948 and closed in 1952, so Sam’s intro data stating it opened in the late 50’s and closed in the early 60’s needs to be corrected. Also, the photo is an aerial of the Rancho, NOT the HiWay.

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Drive-In 54 on June 4, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Hey matt54..Thanks for the update. I will delete it and will repost it under the El Rancho DI.

matt54 on June 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm

hispeed, the new pic is the King’s!

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Drive-In 54 on June 4, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Okay..I deleted it, I’m going back to Ohio DI’s. LOL!

matt54 on June 4, 2012 at 7:17 pm

hispeed, don’t give up! STICK AROUND! LOL! Truthfully, there may be no pix of the HiWay extant except, possibly, in some collection physically at or near Kingsville (I’m thinking Kingsville Record archives, or possibly some collection based at Texas A&M Kingsville). There was a commercial photographer in Kingsville named Jimmie Dodd whom my family knew well and who donated his collection of large-format B&W plates, negatives, and prints to the University of Texas at Austin (the Jimmy Dodd Collection – here is the URL: http://www.cah.utexas.edu/exhibits/dodd/biography.html). He has some good images of Kingsville’s two major walk-ins, the Texas and the Rialto, so he may also have taken pix of tHe drive-ins. Haven’t had time to visit the collection physically.

jwmovies on October 11, 2012 at 1:48 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 1850 North 14th Street.

Kenmore on December 28, 2016 at 9:21 pm

A closer address (at least for Google) is U.S. 77 & Market Road 1355, Kingsville, TX. as first indicated by Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois in the first post.

Today, it is private property with no trace of the drive-in remaining save perhaps for faint hints of the ramps in the pasture. http://tinyurl.com/gr9c99l

davidcoppock on July 6, 2017 at 8:17 am

This drive-in didn’t last very long!!

Kenmore on July 6, 2017 at 11:41 pm

The presence of the nearby King’s Drive-In combined with being on the wrong side of the railroad tracks which must’ve created quite the traffic jam when the trains passed probably contributed to the demise of the drive-in.

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