f/8 and Be There
Fred Lynch

The Barn Drive-In

Posted Friday, September 9, 2011, at 6:00 AM

Aug. 4, 1959 Southeast Missourian

Burglars Fail in Attempted Break-in

Would-be burglars failed to gain entrance into the main building after breaking into the storeroom at the Barn Drive-In on Sunday night. Apparently, the culprits gained little for their efforts as nothing was found missing, police reported.

Investigating officers said the break-in was discovered by Roy Shuck, owner of the business, when he opened the establishment at 10:30 Monday morning. It had been closed at 12 Sunday night.

Officers found that the rear west door to the storeroom had been kicked in and broken in several pieces. A second door leading to the main building was not entered. However, the door on a deep freeze was left open. Nothing else was disturbed, police said.

June 21, 1958 Southeast Missourian advertisement

Large selection of fireworks

Barn Drive-In, Highway 61 South

Open 10 a.m to 12 Midnite

Don Shuck, Tom Schumacher

Editor's Note:

The Barn was located at 607 S. Kingshighway, between what is now Coad Chevrolet and Auffenberg Kia.

July 26, 1968 Southeast Missourian advertisement:

Barn Discount Appliance Now Open Full Time

Name brand appliances sold below wholesale dealer cost to EVERYONE. Dealers also welcome. Come out to the barn and saddle up a bargain at a "price you won't believe."

607 S. Kingshighway, South of the Plaza, Plenty of Free Parking

An advertisement in the Dec. 6, 1968 edition listed a liquidation auction sale at The Barn Auction, 607 S. Kingshighway, across from Rueseler Chevrolet.

In city council action reported in the Oct. 17, 1969 Southeast Missourian: Upon a report of the police department, refused the application of Thomas H. Armbruster for a liquor by the drink license at the Barn, South Kingshighway.

G.D. Fronabarger wrote this item in his business column in the Nov. 15, 1969 Southeast Missourian:

There will be a new retail shoe outlet in the city. Dee Dee's Shoe Outlet, specializing in women's footwear, will occupy the site of The Barn on Kingshighway south. The outlet is now located at Dutchtown and is owned and operated by Kenneth Corbin. The store is to be opened soon.


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  • I've been looking for pictures of The Barn. All I could find in my stash was an aerial taken in the 60s, contrasted with that neighborhood last fall.


    What I remember most was fishing in a Cape LaCroix Creek oxbow behind the building.

    -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Fri, Sep 9, 2011, at 8:35 AM
  • I remember going there is the early 1970's. When did the business close? I seem to recall that a shoe store moved in the old building after the restaurant shut down.

    -- Posted by travellin man on Fri, Sep 9, 2011, at 9:43 AM
    Fred Lynch
    Dee Dee's Shoe Outlet opened in the building in late 1969. See addition above.
  • Interesting place, in the 1950's, the drive in was inside the city limits, but their fireworks stand on the bank of the oxbow was outside the city limits and I could buy M-80's, Cherry Bombs, and firecrackers that c ouldn't b e bpought in the city limits.

    -- Posted by Yankee Station on Fri, Sep 9, 2011, at 11:35 AM
  • ... the choicest product of the brewers art.

    -- Posted by Hugh M Bean on Mon, Sep 12, 2011, at 12:05 PM