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Where have all the Stuckey’s Gone

by Kay~Kacey on 2/25/2009

Long time passing. Where have all the Stuckey’s gone, long time ago. (Sorry dating myself again with that song.)

But where HAVE all the Stuckey’s gone?stuckeys-sign

You used to see Stuckey’s all over the place. Not so much anymore. At least in the midwest. We did see this Stuckey’s on our road trip to California though.stuckeys-red-roof

You used to always be able to spot them in the distance with their bright red roofs.stuckeys-sign2

I’m not sure that these two signs are targeted to the same market though…

high-hill-exit

There used to be a Stuckey’s at this exit. Halfway between my home and my college. It was always our pit stop driving back and forth. Stop and buy a diet Coke. High Hill, Missouri…which, interestingly enough, isn’t really on the really high hill on the highway… The hard thing about this stop? Deciding between the Nickerson Farms or the Stuckey’s at this exit.

nickersonfarms

Alas, both the Nickerson Farms and the Stuckey’s are long abandoned here.

old-gas-pumps

Oh, yes,  we also used to fill up with gas here. Sigh. No longer. (as an aside, there were no trespassing signs all over here. I was bummed. I so wanted to get closeup shots of those abandoned gas pumps. I still might…)

old-stuckeys

Ah, the memories of my youth. So where have all the Stuckey’s gone? For that matter, where is my youth?? :rofl:

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WillThink4Wine February 25, 2009 at 6:35 am

I know that song very well! Pete Seeger said a mouthful with those simple lyrics, didn’t he? When will we ever learn, indeed?

Amy February 25, 2009 at 7:38 am

It’s sad, isn’t it? And all those memories of families stopping for sundaes and those sinful nut logs (and tacky souvenirs, of course!). Thanks for the memories, Kacey!

TSannie/annbb February 25, 2009 at 8:08 am

Brilliant minds think alike….or maybe folks whose minds are no longer youthful think alike!
On my Mo-X trip to the airport I took all kinds of photos along I-70 and that Stuckeys-Nickerson Farms was one of the photos I took. I remember stopping there as well, but usually chose NF because, as I recall, they had better front end goodies (i.e. candy probably). I was going to do a whole post about “Things You Don’t See in CT”, like Speed Limit 70, $1.69/gallon for gas, fireworks stores, etc. Alas, my camera ate the photos. O pooh! :(

Mental P Mama February 25, 2009 at 8:16 am

I used to love their hot dogs. You know, the ones that sat on those rollers for days on end? Ah the memories. Stuckey’s and Cracker Barrel.

Deb February 25, 2009 at 9:30 am

They have succombed to part of Americana…and replaced by the all mighty Cracker Barrel.
I remember the Goo Goo bars…

Suzanne February 25, 2009 at 9:30 am

I love Stuckey’s, too. We always used to stop at them when I was a kid. They are still around in some places. I find them on the East Coast here occasionally. I always stop when I find one for sentimental reasons!

Tori Lennox February 25, 2009 at 11:41 am

Add me to the Fans of Stuckey’s and Nickerson Farms. We always stopped at them, too, when I was a kid.

Treasia/TruckersWife February 25, 2009 at 1:35 pm

I remember Stuckey’s well. We always stopped so Dad could get his Divinity Nut Logs. We do still have one close to us about 30 minutes away. Trucker and I were talking about the stores one day when I was traveling with him. You’re right, you just don’t see them near as much as before.

Kate February 25, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Stuckey’s has good old-fashioned food. Yum.

I still see one of them on the way to the beaches in North Carolina. Here’s where they all are:
http://www.stuckeys.com/search.php

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