Chief Drive-In

1301 SW 37th Street,
Topeka, KS 66611

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The Chief Drive-In was built in 1953 and was closed by 1982. All that is left is the neon sign that was moved from HWY 75 to its current location on SW 37th Street in front of the Walmart Supercenter where the drive-in was located.

One of two plaques on the sign reads:

“The Kansas State Historical Society recognizes WAL-MART Stores, Inc. for the preservation of the Chief Drive-In Sign.

A visually important part of Topeka’s heritage, the sign was made in 1953 and is a reminder of the days when porcelain and neon signs were a common form of advertising. Images of Indians often were used commercially in the 1950’s.

February, 1993".

Contributed by Ken McElhaney
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