DECATUR - While the memories of cruising Eldorado Street have withstood the test of time, the road upon which they were created hasn't been as lucky.

DECATUR — Most Decatur natives know what it’s like to drive up and down the two-mile strip of Eldorado in a cool car on a warm summer night for no other reason than to see and to be seen.

I remember always going to Elam’s with my parents when I was a kid. My dad always restored old cars and he liked to take them there to show them off, I think. I always remember ordering from the menu board next to our car and wanting purple onion rings. The sun and lights constantly shining …

I was one of many teenagers that cruised the “drag” aka Eldorado Street. The trip was Steak ‘n Shake on the east to Sandy’s on the west then into Fairview Park for some alone time.

I have more than a few memories on Eldorado Street. Then as now, I am interested in old cars. During my days of cruising Eldorado in the mid to late 1970s the most frequent stop for kids my age was the McDonald’s on East Eldorado. I, on the other hand, was attracted to the people and unique …

When I was young, cruising Eldorado was a regular event, especially during the dog days of summer when you could roll the windows down, load up the back a pickup, or pull back the top of a convertible.

At 12, I remember my mother had a new car (convertible) and she would take a bunch of us, (my boyfriend and his friends) cruising up and down Eldo. We had fun but I believe mom had the best fun of all.

Back in the 60s when my best friends (my cousins, the Turner triplets) and I were cruising Eldorado, we would ask our folks if we could go get a Coke then stay out cruising for 2 to 4 hours. That 10 cent Coke had a lot of mileage on it! Also, it seemed as if there was a dance at one of the h…

Back in the early 70s we used to go to the Morgue, which had bands every Saturday night. This was located on Pershing Road behind the old Bonanza steak house. On Fridays we usually went to the Fun Club Uptown to the YMCA to listen to bands.