Wagon Wheel Drive-In

13020 County Road 24,
Spearman, TX 79081

250 cars

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Wagon Wheel Drive-In

The Wagon Wheel Drive-In was opened by June 1951 when it was operated by J.D. Willbanks. It could acommodate 250 cars and as it was a fly-in-drive-in it could also accomodate 8 airplanes. It was still open in 1957, but had closed by 1963.

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Predator on February 22, 2017 at 9:49 am

The Wagon Wheel Drive-In opened in June of 1951 according to an item in Billboard. The Wagon Wheel was also a Fly-In Drive-In accommodating eight airplanes.

Kenmore on February 22, 2017 at 12:38 pm

A closer address is 13020 Co Rd 24, Spearman, TX. The drive-in was located SW of the town. There is no evidence in a 1962 aerial photo of an airstrip nearby (that I can see). However, the back of the drive-in seems to have ramps that can accommodate small aircraft.

Today, a restaurant called the “Hungry Cowboy” occupies the property, although you can still see the ramps on the north side. http://tinyurl.com/zbefpme

davidcoppock on February 24, 2017 at 1:04 am

I think this might be the Fly-in Drive-in mentioned briefly on page 99(chapter 10 – strange drive-in’s) of Drive-in theaters a history of their inception in 1933(Kerry Segrave).

MichaelKilgore on June 23, 2019 at 1:57 pm

By the time of a 1962 aerial and a 1965 topo map, Spearman’s landing strip was immediately north of town. That same 1962 aerial places the drive-in past the southwest corner of Spearman, about a mile away and across the railroad tracks from that strip.

The only explanation that fits is that the Wagon Wheel used to provide its own shorter runways on land immediately north of the drive-in, and that they were gone by the 1962 photo.

MichaelKilgore on October 1, 2019 at 11:11 am

This April 3, 1963 note in Motion Picture Exhibitor suggests the Wagon Wheel was closed by then: “Wright Hale, who operates the Lyric, indoor house, and the Holiday Drive-In, Spearman, Tex., and Everett Mahanley, who is constructing the Corral Drive-In, Guymon, have purchased the Wagonwheel (sic) Drive-In, Spearman, from J. D. Wilbanks and will dismantle the drive-in.”

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