Scotty's Drive-in 1250 Prospect Ave.
Under Several Names, 1962- ca.1972
Building Still Stands
Drive-in, Early Spring, 1970
Operating by then as the Family Host Drive-in
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A BIG VERSION IN A NEW WINDOW
restaurant at 1250 Prospect opened on August 16, 1962 as Scotty's
Drive-in. It was owned by Ross H. Morey (1919-1983). At some
point in the late 1960s, the name changed to Morey's Drive-in.
In February of 1970, Morey and his partner Don Hagler sold
to Ken Flansaas, who also owned the Arctic Circle Drive-in
on Helena Avenue. Flansaas renamed Morey's, calling it the
Family Circle Drive-in. The above photo was taken around that
time, in the early spring of 1970. In a few months, the name
had been changed to the Family Host Drive-in. In December
of 1970, the business was leased by Flansaas to Jim and Candace
It appears, from newspaper archives, that the drive-in operated
for a few more years before the building was remodeled into
an auto dealership, Carvalley Mazda. The location has been
associated with the automotive business ever since. As of
this writing, it is the J & J Tire Center.
Tax records retrieved from the online Montana
Cadastral show that the main J & J building was constructed
in 1964, which means it is likely part of the original 1962
Scotty's (dates on the tax records are frequently inaccurate).
Opening, August 16, 1962
Centennial & Statehood Diamond Jubilee Ad, 1964
the name was changed from Scotty's to Morey's. Why this was
done is not known at this time.
Drive-in Sold to Ken Flansaas, 1970
"Family Circle Drive-In" was short-lived. By May 1,
1970, the business was advertised as the "Family Host Drive-in".
Leased by Jim and Candace Brown, December 1970
says that the Browns owned the drive-in, but later newspaper
legal notices mention that they had leased it from Ken Flansaas.
End of the Drive-in Era
Building converted to Carvalley Mazda automobile
dealership by 1972
Carvalley at the location was 93 Auto Leasing, which was in
business until about 1980.
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