The Babe’s Chicken Dinner House in Frisco opened on July 14, 2008.
Out in front of our building you’ll find a Hart Parr Tractor. The 6,100-lbs 1920s era tractor is an 18-36 model, which means 18 horsepower at the drawbar and 36 horsepower at the flywheel. The engine is a two cylinder mounted horizontally, and is capable of running on gasoline, kerosene or distillate. The tractor doesn’t have the lugs mounted to the wheels for traction because it was used for custom threshing and traveled over public roads, and those lugs would have torn the road into pieces.
In the pole barn out front you’ll find a 1940 Simms Ford Fire Truck – it’s a Ford 1-1/2 chassis converted by Simms Fire Equipment Company in San Antonio. The truck spent its entire life in Coleman, Texas, and fought its last fire around 1998. The center mounted “Akro” light is very rare – it turns back and forth as it lights up. The large amount of gold leaf design reflects an era when the beauty and quality of the town’s fire engine was a point of pride.
We have some additional tidbits to share when you’re sittin’ in the dining room – just ask to see our Babe’s Facts while you’re finishing up your salad.