Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 19, Number 1, Spring, 2007 Page: 7
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The first Pig Stand, in Oak Cliff, introduced the concept of curb service and "car hops."
The Pig Stand was in the right place at the
right time, and business boomed. Dallas added
five more locations in less than three years. By
1924 there were also Pig Stands in Fort Worth,
El Paso, San Antonio, Houston, Waco, and
Beaumont-as well as Denver, Los Angeles and
San Diego, Tulsa, Kansas City, and Jacksonvilleserving
10,000 pounds of pork in 50,000 sandwiches,
along with 14,400 bottles of Coca-Cola
and 3,640 bottles of Budweiser-every week.
Ten years later, Pig Stands stretched from New
York to California, they had added parking lots
for the cars, and some had dining rooms.
Dallas resident Monte Maynard Grubbs
recalls working one summer while in high
school at the Pig Stand atWhite Rock Lake near
the junction of Gaston and East Grand where
her cousin was also working. She would work
on weekends when she could get a ride there
with her cousin, and her wages amounted to $2
a night. Since this was during World War II, it
was hard to find employees, and her underage
status was overlooked by management."' Sadly,
the last Pig Stand in Dallas, #50 at the Medallion
Center at Northwest Highway and Abrams
Road, closed in 1985, and the company declared
bankruptcy in 2006.
A lesser known story about Pig Stand
founder Jesse Kirby was what happened to his
son, B.J., who ran the Pig Stand #4 on
Greenville Avenue after his father's untimely
death at 39 and the sale of all but #4 to the other
original partner, Dr. Jackson. B. J. had worked at
#4 from the age of 11, and at 24 he took over
running it for his mother. An entrepreneur like
his father, he changed the name to Kirby's Pig
Stand and operated it until 1954, when the State
of Texas moved the designated route of U. S.
Highway 75 from Greenville Avenue to the new
Central Expressway. The loss of that traffic effec
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