I'm sorry I didn't stop and take a photo of those establishments, for they tell you a lot about the independence of living in rural Oklahoma.
Straddling the center line of US 60 was a sign in front of the school announcing a bean and stew supper that night. Everybody in rural Oklahoma knows of those Lions, Rotary, Kiwanis, volunteer fire departments and other clubs' pancake breakfasts and bean and cornbread suppers, raising funds for local events.
I did turn around and snap photos of the water tower, an abandoned gas station, and two brick buildings with the distinctive arches of late Territorial and early statehood architecture. Such craftsmanship and care, instead of the plastic, all- look-alike facades of today's urban world. No wonder we call them "Big Box Stores."
|Distinctive arches of early Oklahoma archtecture|
|Oh, the stories to be told.|
Oh, the stories to be told. There is a book, Trails to Old Pond Creek, by Jim Fulbright, copyright 2006, that tells lots of stories about the Kansas connections.
(Information on Pond Creek from Oklahoma Place Names, by George Shirk)
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