The Dairy Freeze in Crystal Springs opened up c.1951 at the intersection of Hwy 51 and what I believe was old Hwy 27. With Hwy 51 being the main drag between Jackson and Baton Rouge / New Orleans, the stand likely saw plenty of long-haul traffic in addition to being quite popular with the locals. It looks like the structure is wood frame construction with rendering on metal lath. The flat roof pitches to the rear and all but one of the side windows have been covered over. The soffit is of tongue and groove bead board. I noticed little clips on the underside along the soffit, not sure what their original purpose was but they don’t appear to have been used in a long time. Any guesses as to what they might have been for?
The Clarion Ledger ran a story about the Dairy Freeze in Crystal Springs earlier this summer mentioning that it has become the subject of several artists. The article also shares the fact that the current owner’s great grandfather’s brother, Earnest Garland, built the structure. The neon sign apparently still works and appears to be original to the building. The sign advertising Ice Milk would be at least 20+ years old.
I was so excited to investigate the Dairy Freeze that I neglected to photograph the adjacent gas station that appears to be of the same era. Just another reason to head back when the Dairy Freeze is open.
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