Back in the day….

This is the first of a three part series.  Check out “Back in the day…”  part II here…

Us at Petit JeanWay back in the early to mid-1980′s, my sisters and I were indoctrinated to hiking and camping by our dad, during our summer and winter stays with him.   My parents were divorced in the late 70′s, and we kids spent alot of time during school breaks commuting on the highways and byways between home (Tennessee) and home away from home (Texas).  I was a backseat passenger on more boring rides through Texarkana than I could even venture to recall.  But those rides also brought a lot of special memories for my sisters and I.

Along the stretch of road that connects Memphis and Houston, the places I remember most are the Hamburger Store in Jefferson, Texas, the Christmas Lights in Marshall, Texas, and Petit Jean State Park in Morrilton, Arkansas.

Hamburger Store - Jefferson, Texas // Photo Courtesy

The Hamburger Store
The Hamburger Store in Jefferson, Texas is an unassuming little shack of a place that you would probably never miss, if you didn’t know it was there.  When we would make the drive back and forth to Texas, the Hamburger Store was a near mandatory stop on trips where my grandmother was doing the driving.  My grandparents lived in Liberty, Texas (third oldest town in Texas!) and Jefferson was just about far enough away to arrive around lunch time.  I remember the atmosphere and decor more than I remember the food, but what I really remember was the time spent with Grandma.

In 2009, my sister and I were traveling to see Grandma, while she was ill and in the hospital.   Rather than taking the I-55 and I-10 routes, which we started driving in the 1990′s, we were driving over from Little Rock, where I was working.  Of course, when we hit US 59 our internal GPS guided us right to the Hamburger Store.

Our burgers and fries were great, and we got a few of their old-fashioned stick candies for the road and a margarita flavored one for Grandma, too.  ;o)

To be continued….

Back in the day…part I (Jefferson Hamburger Store)
Back in the day…part II (Marshall Christmas Lights)
Back in the day…part III (Petit Jean State Park)


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