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sltex38

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Nickerson Farms Restaurants Sun, 04/26/09 9:01 AM (permalink)
Greetings,

I have been collecting Nickerson Farms stuff for years and actually started a blog to record it all.  There were many locations around the midwest and I have visited many of them.  I also have around 40 post cards from different locations.  It is a hobby not an obsession.  If you run across any Nickerson Farms big red roofs still standing, could you drop me a note.  I am trying to get a clear number of remaining building.  Thanks.

I also have menus, placemats, plaques, and ceramic banks.  Weird?  My wife thinks so.
 
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    Rt66Mike

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    • Location: St Louis, MO
    Re:Nickerson Farms Restaurants Sun, 04/26/09 10:56 PM (permalink)
    There is one still standing that has been abandoned since the 80s, near a Stuckeys that was abandoned around the same time on I-70 at High Hill, MO (about 2/3 of the way from St. Louis to Columbia).
     
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      ShenB

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      • Location: Grand Rapids, MI
      Re:Nickerson Farms Restaurants Mon, 04/27/09 11:35 PM (permalink)
      There is still a restaurant operating in an original Nickerson Farms building located at exit #129 on I-96 about 25 miles east of Lansing.  It's now called "Fowlerville Farms" and is still a family restaurant but I'm not sure the live operating beehive you could view through the big plastic half-bubble that was located inside the gift shop area is still humming.  I used to stop there frequently in the 70's while driving between Grand Rapids and Detroit and always parked on the south side of the building because I don't like bee stings and there was always a constant stream of them entering the hive through the opening on the north end of the building.  The honey was great with the hot biscuts they served.
      <message edited by ShenB on Mon, 04/27/09 11:36 PM>
       
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        rmcielwain

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        • Location: Chipley, FL
        Re:Nickerson Farms Restaurants Tue, 04/28/09 9:13 AM (permalink)
        There was a Nickerson Farms location (long abandoned, with the fading sign still
        showing) in Shepherdsville, KY at I-65, exit 117 (Kentucky Hwy. 44, about 20 miles
        south of downtown Louisville).
         
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          HollyDolly

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          • Location: Schertz, TX
          Re:Nickerson Farms Restaurants Fri, 05/1/09 2:04 PM (permalink)
          There is one standing up on Interstate 35 North as you head toward Austin, just past New Braunfels, but I can't recall what business is in the place now.
          If you go Interstate 10 East from San Antonio towards Houston, you'll see a sign for FarmRoad 775 and and the towns of Lavernia and New Berlin..
          On the left hand of the interstate is a gas -convience store  restaurant that was
          remodeled from the old Nickerson Farms. It would be hard to recognize it as such, as the distinctive peaked roof is gone.However, the place is still commemorated in the Nickerson Farms Road,which if you take it up to the right will hit Stagecooach road, which brings you into the area around Marion.Those are the only ones left around the San Antonio area.
           
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            ZekeTheCat

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            • Location: Celina, OH
            Re:Nickerson Farms Restaurants Fri, 05/1/09 7:33 PM (permalink)
            There's one (empty) along southside of I-70 in east central Indiana between the Knightstown  and Cambridge City exits somewhere - not sure exactly where but saw it the last tie I came thru there.
             
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              45013

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              • Location: Dayton, OH
              Re:Nickerson Farms Restaurants Sat, 05/2/09 9:26 PM (permalink)
              I did a Yahoo! search on Nickerson Farms and clicked on the Wikipedia entry, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nickerson_Farms , and in there is a picture of the sign which I have seen along I-70 between Richmond and Indianapolis, which ZekeTheCat mentioned.
               
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                iceomat

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                • Location: guthrie, OK
                Re:Nickerson Farms Restaurants Thu, 05/21/09 4:24 PM (permalink)
                When I was younger we lived less than a mile from a Nikerson Farms on I-35 and Mulhall Rd. (Exit 170), about 40 miles north of Oklahoma City. My aunt worked there as a waitress in the 60's (I think). It was open 'til the mid-80's and then it sat unused for quite a while. It has now been remodeled into a very nice looking church. Next time I'm up that way I'll take a photo.

                There's another old NF on I-35 just south of Norman, OK, around the Goldsby exit, that is a tractor sales and repair shop. I've also seen one in north Texas along I-35 that is a porno video store!
                <message edited by iceomat on Thu, 05/21/09 4:28 PM>
                 
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                  ardee

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                  Re:Nickerson Farms Restaurants Wed, 06/10/09 10:42 PM (permalink)
                  There is a former Nickerson Farms building in Michigan at exit 112 of I-94 - this location closed some time in the late 1970's or early 1980's.  During the intervening years it has been a bar on at leat two occasions; presently it is in use as a porno video store.
                   
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                    ICT Diner

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                    Re:Nickerson Farms Restaurants Wed, 06/10/09 11:03 PM (permalink)

                    On I-70 west of Salina, KS (exit 244) there is a former Nickerson Farms building still standing.  I believe it was used as an arcade/fun center several years ago but has since been abandoned.  I remember eating here several times in the 70s.
                     
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                      Garylillis

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                      • Location: North Liberty, IA
                      Re:Nickerson Farms Restaurants Tue, 12/14/10 10:25 PM (permalink)
                      There is a former Nickerson Farms building at I-80 exit 225, Amana Iowa. Now the Colony Village Restaurant , a very good Amana Colony eating establishment. In the early 70's I pumped Skelly gas at this Nickersons location.
                       
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                        shdsny

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                        • Location: Hereford, AZ
                        Re:Nickerson Farms Restaurants Sat, 07/9/11 8:52 PM (permalink)
                        There's the remains of a Nickerson Farms on I-10 at Picacho Peak, which is in between Tucson and Phoenix.  The building is still there, the sign still stands. I remember eating there back in the early 80's ('82 or '83).
                         
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                          732mpd

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                          Re:Nickerson Farms Restaurants Thu, 06/28/12 9:33 PM (permalink)
                          I passed by the Nickerson Farms location at the New Lisbon exit on I-70 in Indiana yesterday and the building is long gone, however the sign is still there though in deteriorating condition. I have a picture if there is some way to share it here.
                           
                           
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                            6star

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                            Re:Nickerson Farms Restaurants Thu, 06/28/12 11:00 PM (permalink)
                            sltex38


                            Greetings,

                            I have been collecting Nickerson Farms stuff for years and actually started a blog to record it all.  There were many locations around the midwest and I have visited many of them.  I also have around 40 post cards from different locations.  It is a hobby not an obsession.  If you run across any Nickerson Farms big red roofs still standing, could you drop me a note.  I am trying to get a clear number of remaining building.  Thanks.

                            I also have menus, placemats, plaques, and ceramic banks.  Weird?  My wife thinks so.

                            No, you aren't weird.  Even if you open a Nickerson Farms Museum in one of the former buildings, you are not weird, though if you do, you will most likely earn a place on the website Roadside America.  For example: the National Bean Market Museum at Lake City, SC. http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/24052
                             
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                              ScreamingChicken

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                              Re:Nickerson Farms Restaurants Fri, 06/29/12 9:11 AM (permalink)
                              Garylillis mentioned Iowa I-80 exit 225; about an hour west at exit 159 is an
                              "adult superstore" that was either a Nickerson Farms or Stuckey's way back when.  I'm remembering that architecturally the 2 buildings were fairly similar but can someone confirm or deny, please?
                               
                              I don't know when the restaurant closed but I do remember seeing the abandoned building for many years.  My first trip to Des Moines was in August, 1981 and I can't remember if it (the restaurant, not Des Moines) was still in operation or not.
                               
                              Brad
                               
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                                collinf

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                                Re:Nickerson Farms Restaurants Fri, 07/6/12 4:31 PM (permalink)
                                I know exactly which place you are talking about on I-80 in Iowa.  We went by there less than 2 weeks ago.  I am thinking that was a Stuckey's restaurant.  In fact, I seem to recall more than 1 Stuckey's restaurant along I-80 in Iowa back in the 70's/80's.  Although I recall the name Nickerson Farms, I can't remember where I actually saw one when they were open.  I saw an old abandoned Nickerson Farms along I-10 between Tucson and Phoenix in Arizona last Fall.  I wonder if the owner of that adult bookstore would know what the building was originally?
                                 
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