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Good news for Okies! A state landmark has been re-opened
« on: December 29, 2014, 07:13:05 PM »
The Will Rogers Travel Plaza has been closed for months but now back in buisness!






That is just about as exciting as it gets on a December day on the turnpike :D
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Re: Good news for Okies! A state landmark has been re-opened
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2014, 07:24:16 PM »
What.......no long drawn out tribute to the state's most famous man?
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Re: Good news for Okies! A state landmark has been re-opened
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2014, 10:12:59 PM »
Thanka mucha GJ. And to think I cudda missed it...

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Re: Good news for Okies! A state landmark has been re-opened
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2014, 10:15:27 PM »
On a related note, the lights for the ballfield at the 4-way are on.  Nobody is there, either.    :bike

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Re: Good news for Okies! A state landmark has been re-opened
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2014, 10:23:30 PM »
Yes Sir, That's really bending the fun meter I know ::) Don't know 'bout you all but I'm ready for spring, and some sunshine ;-T
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Re: Good news for Okies! A state landmark has been re-opened
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2014, 10:23:41 PM »
On a related note, the lights for the ballfield at the 4-way are on.  Nobody is there, either.    :bike

 Maybe they are expecting visitors from another Solar system  ;D Actually , we are quite proud of our Will , and I appreciate John taking the time to take and post pics . My comment was directed at our highway robbery system in Oklahoma , commonly known as the Oklahoma turnpike authority .

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Re: Good news for Okies! A state landmark has been re-opened
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2014, 10:28:43 PM »
My comment wasn't based on Will Rogers.  I never met the guy, but I understand that if I had, he would have liked me.

I was just noticing that the only identifiable figure in any picture was LEAVING, and the parking lot was empty.   :D

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Re: Good news for Okies! A state landmark has been re-opened
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2014, 10:38:31 PM »
My comment wasn't based on Will Rogers.  I never met the guy, but I understand that if I had, he would have liked me.

I was just noticing that the only identifiable figure in any picture was LEAVING, and the parking lot was empty.   :D

Never met him either , which isn't so strange when one realizes he died in 1935  ::) I did attend a speech given by Will Junior in the '70's . He said the famous quote was misunderstood , plenty of folks his dad didn't like after he got to know them , just not upon first meeting them  ;D Pretty sure he would have still liked you RK even after knowing you for a bit . Will was the largest media star of his day , we could use someone like him now .

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« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2014, 10:43:08 PM »
Actually the place was pretty busy RK. And I know what you're saying Dusty, the round trip to Yukon cost me $18.30 today.  $1.15 for the kilpatrick twp? Vert da ferk??  $1.15??
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« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2014, 10:52:42 PM »
Actually the place was pretty busy RK. And I know what you're saying Dusty, the round trip to Yukon cost me $18.30 today.  $1.15 for the kilpatrick twp? Vert da ferk??  $1.15??
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Yeah , good grief , just like being in NY or NJ  ;D That's vurt da ferk  :D

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Re: Good news for Okies! A state landmark has been re-opened
« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2014, 11:22:27 PM »
Perhaps it looks better in person, but from the pictures, I have to wonder where the millions that were supposedly spent on renovations actually went.

I vaguely remember when it was the "glass House" restaurant, and looked like this:


But most of my memories are of its turn as the world's largest McDonald's:


The current design is not impressing me as an improvement over either of those.
Then again, when I was watching Predator I didn't think two members of its cast would become governors, either. So you never know.

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Re: Good news for Okies! A state landmark has been re-opened
« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2014, 12:44:15 AM »
world's biggest McDonalds.........a t one time
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Re: Good news for Okies! A state landmark has been re-opened
« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2014, 10:38:23 AM »

I hope management of the new facility continues to allow local high schools to host proms there.

Would be a shame if the old "You might be an Okie if your Senior Prom was held at a McDonalds" bit was no longer true.
Then again, when I was watching Predator I didn't think two members of its cast would become governors, either. So you never know.

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Re: Good news for Okies! A state landmark has been re-opened
« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2014, 10:27:07 PM »
Wasn there a Howard Johnson over that years ago?
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Re: Good news for Okies! A state landmark has been re-opened
« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2014, 10:35:47 PM »
Wasn there a Howard Johnson over that years ago?

Yes , HoJo was the restaurant chain on all of the Okie turnpikes in the 60's early 70's .

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Re: Good news for Okies! A state landmark has been re-opened
« Reply #15 on: December 31, 2014, 10:02:35 AM »
I hope management of the new facility continues to allow local high schools to host proms there.

Would be a shame if the old "You might be an Okie if your Senior Prom was held at a McDonalds" bit was no longer true.



     I went to a prom there...another lifetime ago.

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« Reply #16 on: December 31, 2014, 12:45:57 PM »
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Thinking of Will Rogers, I have to wonder if anyone could ever hit his status again as a universal pundit of American culture and politics. Are we now too divided and jaded for this to happen?

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Re: Good news for Okies! A state landmark has been re-opened
« Reply #18 on: January 01, 2015, 09:58:52 AM »
How did they fit all three cars on that highway at the same time?  Thank heavens we don't have such  problems here in the Nor'east.
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« Reply #19 on: January 01, 2015, 10:06:20 AM »
Yes we're happy you nor-easters have all that extra highway space over there. Interstate 44-40 is the road formerly known as Route 66 and you can still drive it without someone on your bumper (most of the time)
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Re: Good news for Okies! A state landmark has been re-opened
« Reply #20 on: January 01, 2015, 11:11:52 AM »
Perhaps it looks better in person, but from the pictures, I have to wonder where the millions that were supposedly spent on renovations actually went.
 

I'm just glad it wasn't torn down.  Pretty cool throwback to the Golden Age of Motoring.
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« Reply #21 on: February 07, 2021, 10:00:20 PM »
went to a prom there.......  :clock:

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« Reply #22 on: February 07, 2021, 10:05:07 PM »
how did you dig this thread up?
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« Reply #23 on: February 08, 2021, 09:14:22 AM »
My comment wasn't based on Will Rogers.  I never met the guy, but I understand that if I had, he would have liked me.

I was just noticing that the only identifiable figure in any picture was LEAVING, and the parking lot was empty.   :D

The highway looked empty too.  I avoid toll roads as much as humanly possible and when i saw that this plaza is on a road between Tulsa and St. Louis I know I will never have an occasion to travel on it anyway. 

Glad to see that tolls paid for the travel plaza instead of taxes. 
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« Reply #24 on: February 08, 2021, 09:21:19 AM »
If I'm not mistaken tolls go to maintaining the turnpike, not the general fund.
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Re: Good news for Okies! A state landmark has been re-opened
« Reply #25 on: February 08, 2021, 09:53:39 AM »
The highway looked empty too.  I avoid toll roads as much as humanly possible and when i saw that this plaza is on a road between Tulsa and St. Louis I know I will never have an occasion to travel on it anyway. 

Glad to see that tolls paid for the travel plaza instead of taxes.

I hate toll roads and I live here.  But that stretch has no real alternative route that doesn't add many hours to your trip.  So if you are on the road from Tulsa to Mizzery border, that's about it.
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« Reply #26 on: February 08, 2021, 12:32:37 PM »
If I'm not mistaken tolls go to maintaining the turnpike, not the general fund.

Thanks for agreeing with me.   :thumb:
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Re: Good news for Okies! A state landmark has been re-opened
« Reply #27 on: February 09, 2021, 06:09:41 PM »
The busiest McDonalds I know of is the one in Gettysburg in the summer. One of those places where you hear many languages spoken. I strongly recommend do not go there in the summer.
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Re: Good news for Okies! A state landmark has been re-opened
« Reply #28 on: February 10, 2021, 06:57:37 AM »
Unfortunately, tolls are by the axle and a motorcycle has the same number of axles as a car.
I never met a toll I liked.

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Re: Good news for Okies! A state landmark has been re-opened
« Reply #29 on: February 10, 2021, 09:18:46 AM »
On a related note, the lights for the ballfield at the 4-way are on.  Nobody is there, either.    :bike


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