Recreation in Early Meridian
The Dairy Bar
The circa 1947 photo below is of the Dairy Bar. It was a popular hangout for young residents and located at the corner of East Main Street and Fairview Avenue, the so-called North Curve. Before the freeway, the state highway snaked down Franklin Road, turned left onto the main drag and then right along the North Curve toward Boise.
The Red, White, and Blue Dance Hall
The Red, White, and Blue Dance Hall, shown below in a photo from 1927, was the scene of many organized dances. When it was the scene of Walkathon dances, many parents discouraged their youth from attending. A cash prize was awarded to the couple that could stay on their feet for the longest time; short resting periods were observed and a local physician, often Dr. H.F. Neal, was present. On one occasion, a local couple of note won the cash prize. After their original partners quit, they continued dancing and held each other up long enough to be the last dancers. They won the cash prize and decided to get married. They rode to Boise in the back of a truck to obtain their license and were wed at the dance hall.
Thank you to the Meridian Historical Society, Meridian History Center, Meridian Historic Preservation Commission, and Historian Lila Hill for their time and talents volunteered to produce the information on these pages. Their efforts preserving Meridian’s history are greatly appreciated. The photos on this website are from the Historical Society’s collection and we encourage you to visit the History Center inside Meridian’s City Hall to see the all of the other wonderful photos and artifacts they have available to the public.