Mark’s In & Out – Livingston, MT

Mark’s In & Out – Livingston, MT

While on our travels, 2 Moving The Chi found a beautiful small community with lots of friendly people named Livingston, MT.  We decided to spend a few days in this charming city on the Yellowstone River.  And we are glad we did.  Over the last few days, the weather has been absolutely beautiful.  What more could two “home-free” travelers want?  The answer:  “A great drive-in burger joint”!

Well, as luck would have it, Livingston is home to Mark’s In & Out drive-in.  This burger and shake shop caught our eye the first time we drove to downtown on Park Street.  The place was alive with customers placing orders and waiting for their meals to show up at the side window.

According to a newspaper article on display, this business opened on June 24, 1954.  It was owned by Mart Phillips and was originally named Mart’s In & Out.  In 1980, Mart sold his business to Mark and Scott Black, when both were in their early 20s.  Mart convinced the brothers to change the name by dropping the T in Mart’s and making it a K, or Mark’s.

So the story goes.

It is also said that the large “Beefburger” logo on the front of the building was designed by V.T. Hamlin, creator of the “Alley Oop” cartoon.  V.T. was a regular summer visitor to Livingston and stayed at a trailer park on Ninth Street Island which was owned by Mart Phillips.

Supposedly, the menu has remained the same.  Hamburgers, hot dogs (foot long no less), french fries, onion rings, shakes, malts, and multiple variations of toppings and condiments.

We had lunch at Mark’s In & Out a couple of times now.  It is always busy.  We can see why it is so popular. The food is prepared after you place your order, and delivered fresh and hot.  Love the foot long hot dogs and who can resist a chocolate shake or malt when going to a drive-in.  And just across the street is a park (we named it gopher park because of the families of gophers living in the bushes) with picnic tables to take it all in.  Another cool tidbit: the ice cream they serve is made by Wilcoxson’s in Livingston.  That’s another story, but Wilcoxson’s Ice Cream has been made locally in Livingston since 1912.

So the story goes.

If you’re in Livingston, MT, be sure to make a stop at Mark’s In & Out, at the corner of 8th and Park.  The line of customers make it easy to spot.