For the last few weeks now, there has been a frenzy of earthmoving and construction activity near the north shopping center. Several buildings and houses were demolished but what got my attention the most were some big trees that were removed. Once in Claxton’s history a very popular building was named for that tall grove of pines.
Originally called the Pine Ridge Soda Shop, its name later evolved into simply The Soda Shop. I don’t know if it was originally planned as a teenage hangout, but it quickly became one. Later, the addition of a swimming pool out back expanded the attraction.
Anyone who has ever seen the movie, American Graffiti, or the TV spinoff series, Happy Days, knows how accurately they portrayed teenagers of the mid-20th Century. Their centers of activities were the drive-in soda or malt shops of larger towns and cities. They came complete with car hops taking and delivering food orders on roller skates. Our small town of Claxton had something in common with them: We had a soda shop, too!
Frank NeSmith, Columnist
For more on this column, subscribe today! Call us at 912-739-2132 or set up your online account at www.claxtonenterprise.com.