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address:610 10th Ave historic name:Poppa Momma Baby Burger
Hillsboro, Washington County current/other names:A&W Root Beer Characters
assoc addresses:953 SE Maple
block/lot/tax lot:
location descr: twnshp/rng/sect/qtr sect:1S 2W 6
resource type:Object height (stories):2.0 total elig resources:1 total inelig resources:
elig evaluation: undetermined NR Status:
prim constr date:1959 second date:c.1986 date indiv listed:
primary orig use: Work of Art orig use comments:
second orig use:
primary style: Not Applicable prim style comments:
secondary style: sec style comments:
primary siding: Other siding comments:
secondary siding:
plan type: architect:
builder:
comments/notes:
(Moved C1986); Painted plaster. Missing 4th figure.
Survey/Grouping Included In: Type of Grouping Date Listed Date Compiled
   Hillsboro Local Inventory Update 2008 Survey & Inventory Project 2008
NR date listed: N/A
ILS survey date:
RLS survey date: 07/01/2008
106 Project(s): None
Special Assess Project(s): None
Federal Tax Project(s): None
(Includes expanded description of the building/property, setting, significant landscape features, outbuildings and alterations)
Features: Original promotion characters used by A&W Root Beer. Poppa, Momma, and Baby characters remain, Teen character stolen several years ago. Construction is painted plaster.
(Chronological, descriptive history of the property from its construction through at least the historic period - preferably to the present)
Historical Significance: Originally fairly common these figures are one of only a few sets remaining at A&W restaurants. One of the few remaining remnants of the “drive-in” culture period of American history. Papa Burger, Mama Burger, and Baby Burger have been repainted by a high school art class, in authentic A&W colors. They are currently stored at the Parks and Recreation Department, near the Aquatic Center on SE Tenth Avenue north of Shute Park. The A&W people will eventually be relocated on Tenth Avenue, on City property between SE Cedar and SE Maple Street when funds are available for installation. No conflicting uses have been identified and no ESEE analysis is required. It is assumed that this resource could be put into almost any use without Plan/zoning conflicts.
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