Wilton Drive has come a long way from its days as a sleepy small town road.
It’s now a bustling destination renown for its diverse entertainment, arts, shopping and dining.
SHOPPING ALONG WILTON DRIVE
With its sawdust floors and open sides, Manor Market on Wilton Drive was our go-to grocery store back in the 1940’s. Today it is now the Zig Zag building. The curved corner is still evident at NE 22 St and Wilton Drive which is now part of the South Florida Symphony Orchestra space.
WILTON DRIVE’S ORIGINAL ENTRANCE
The original entrance gates to Wilton Drive had a grand and fabulous vibe. They were torn down in the 1960’s to make way for a drive-in restaurant.
HALLOWEEN ON THE DRIVE
Our city’s traditional Halloween festivities got their start in the 1950’s. Roman soldier costumes continue to be popular even to this day.
OUR FAMOUS INTERSECTION
Our bustling 5 Points intersection was less bustling back in the 1950’s. While we no longer have an A&W Drive-In or Wilton Manors National Bank, Barton & Miller Cleaners has remained steadfast for over 60 years.
THE SOUTHERN ENTRANCE
Back in the day, Wilton Drive’s southern entrance had a rustic appeal. Dairy Queen is just up on the right – 30 years in the future.
TAILFINS AND TICKETS
While we no longer see angled parking, tailfins or a beauty school on Wilton Drive, we might see the occasional citation.
OUR SWEET ICON
Since 1953, the Dairy Queen on Wilton Drive has been satisfying thousands of sweet cravings
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WILTON MANORS RESIDENTS
ON WILTON DRIVE
PRICE IN 1953