I was heading home to Indianapolis on the Michigan Road not long ago and reached Logansport as the sun was setting. The Char-Bett drive-in’s lit sign made me think of chocolate malts, so I stopped for one. I’m glad I did, because they were in their final days for the season.
I’ve driven through Logansport countless times, but had never before managed to do it in the evening when I had my camera with me. I was in no hurry, so I stopped to shoot every lighted sign I could find along the Michigan Road. This tavern is on 6th St.
I saw plenty of Old Style Beer commercials on cable from Chicago as a kid, especially during Cubs games, but I always figured it was just a local brand. This sign has too many elements of the Old Style logo to be a coincidence, so apparently the brand had more reach than I thought. Logansport is at least 100 miles from Chicago.
The State Theater is around the corner on Market Street, still showing first-run movies. This sign doesn’t look like much in the light of day, but it sure is strong at night.
Read about the time I led a parade in Logansport. Well, sort of.
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