B & D Drive-In

US-2 and US-41,
Rapid River, MI 49878

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The B & D Drive-In was the first drive-in in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It opened September 16, 1949 but closed only seven years later, on October 6, 1956, last operated by Mrs. P. Buchholtz. Most likely it lost business to two drive-ins in Escanaba and a third in Manistique.

The site is now occupied by a Marathon (formerly Total) truckstop, whose address is 7932 US-2. Given its rural setting, it’s likely that the drive-in did not have a numbered address.

Contributed by Bobby P.

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TomMc11 on July 3, 2017 at 9:40 pm

7668 US-2, Rapid River, MI 49878 will drop you on top of the Mobil station that is now on the exact spot of the drive-in. A 1953 aerial on Historic Aerials exists of this ozoner when it was open.

davidcoppock on July 4, 2017 at 12:21 am

What did B& D stand for?

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