A&W Burger Family in Rolla, Missouri
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A&W Burger Family in Rolla, Missouri

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A&W Burger Family statues, 12799 Old Highway 66, Rolla, MO

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The A&W Burger Family is a family of hamburger and root beer loving characters. They were introduced in 1963 to correspond with the menu of Canadian A&W fast food restaurants. Burgers came is four familial sizes — Papa Burger, Mama Burger, Baby Burger, and Teen Burger — and, therefore, so did their mascots. Fiberglass versions (crafted by International Fiberglass) were distributed and displayed at locations in the 60s and early 70s but many disappeared by the mid-70s, when “Great Root Bear” came about and replaced them as the mascot.

Today, these characters are a rare site but, some families (or, broken families) can still be found on the roadside today. There is one such A&W Burger Family in Rolla, Missouri. There mama, papa, and baby sit on top of a truck on the side of the highway with burgers in one hand and root beers in the other. But big brother must be back in line for food, because he’s nowhere to be found!

Word has it that all of the statues have since gone missing, they must have all gone back to the restaurant to fill up their frosty mugs!

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A&W Burger Family, a roadside attraction in Rolla, Missouri

A&W Burger Family, a roadside attraction in Rolla, Missouri

A&W Burger Family, a roadside attraction in Rolla, Missouri

A&W Burger Family, a roadside attraction in Rolla, Missouri

A&W Burger Family, a roadside attraction in Rolla, Missouri

A&W Burger Family, a roadside attraction in Rolla, Missouri

Site: A&W Burger Family statues
Location: 12799 Old Highway 66, Rolla, MO
Cost: Free
Hours: Daylight Hours.
Date: June 7, 2009
Note: Reported Missing

 

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Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination to roadside attractions started early. Val blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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