Top 5 Missing From Macon - Part 3

Have you ever driven past a vacant building and wondered “What did that used to be?” Or if you have not visited Macon in a while and you wonder what happened to that icon you remember? Well our gatekeepers have a list for that!  Here are a few things missing in Macon that might answer that question.  Please let us know some of the places, things or icons you remember in Macon that have vanished over time.

1.  steak and egg supper club

Located on Forsyth Road across from the Pinebrook Inn, was the Steak & Egg (Formerly Truck Town Cafe) ran by A. Webster "Webb" Bailey.  The Steak & Egg was a private supper club where you could see most everybody in Macon at some time or other.  Known as the "port-of-call" for many Maconites and 'membership' was determined by knowing that you came in the back door through the kitchen because the front door was not used.The bartender was Marvin Watson and his brother Andy, operated the Handy Andy's and was also a County Commissioner.  Webb sold the club to Billy Hayes; a one time bouncer for the Chicken House that was across from the Armstrong Cork Co. and previous owner of Billy's located on Forrest Hill at Northside Drive.  Billy Webb later sold the Steak & Egg to Ray Hamlin, who changed the name to the Pump House in the mid-1970's.  The Pump House was later torn down in October 1989.



2.  Romp "N" rest

In the 1940's there were few kindergartens in middle Georgia, so when Andrea Turner's mother, Beverly Delacroix reached preschool age in 1949, Andrea's grandmother, Evelyn Thames and her husband Raymond Dealcroix, wanted their only child to have a good start in education.  They opened a kindergarten at 659 Ridge Avenue with 15 children and named it Romp "n" Rest.  Well known for her kindergartners Easter parades, Evelyn persevered for 37 years through 5 generations of children until her retirement in 1986. 



3.  arctic circle drive-in

The Arctic Circle Drive-In was in the Cross Keys Community.  Most Maconites claim the Arctic Circle Drive-In was the restaraunt where middle Georgians were first introduced to delicious battered fries.  Harold Wilson, who is now a retired high school principle in Baldwin County, cooked those delicious fries after school for years.  Mr. Wilson claimed that the battered fries were "never prepared," he just "deep fried 'em."  There was a secret recipie and process, that was pure art, that included dipping the fries in a mixture of eggs and other secret ingredients, battering them and re-dipping them again in the egg mixture before dropping them into the deep fryer.  People would drive for miles to get an order of battered fries, which was usually followed up by another go.

4.  durr's lake and skating rink

Durr's lake was built by Ralph Durr for his son Andy Durr.  Andy Durrs ran Durr's Skating rink for over 40 years.  An extremely brilliant and talented man, Andy Durr would entertain children at the rink by solving extremely difficult multiplication problems at record speed in his head, faster than the children could solve on the calculator.  Andy was also known for his awesome roller skating tricks, which consisted of doing a trick on roller skates where he would hold a match between his teeth and strike it on the floor.  Durr's also had Square Dancing to Uncle Ned and his Hayloft Nightmare and swimming. Andy went on to graduate from Lanier High School and later received an appointment to West Point Military College; which he turned down to stay and run the skating rink.


5.  bankston lake

Bankston Lake, also known as Tama Lake was an especially fun gathering spot for weekend "beach parties" during the summer.  Beach parties began in the summer of 1964 on Friday nights. The swimming area would close a little early and the "beach" area in front of the snack bar and bath house was used as a dance area that played host to live local bands. Music could be heard blasted over the speakers and Bankston had the best pizza and hot dogs in town at their concession stand. On any given weekend afternoon, Bankston would be filled with a hundred or more people swimming.  Bankston Lake was also known as a great place for fishing. 

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