About me

I went into Red Fork because I wanted to live deep and suck the marrow out of life….

(NOTE: If you came here in search of the song “Orion” from your sixth-grade music textbook, please click here to find it.)

Several years ago, while living in Southern Illinois, I fell in love with a little publication called The Waterman and Hill-Traveler’s Companion. It was published by Jim Jung, who owned the late, great Hillside Nursery in Carbondale, and was a terrific little almanac that included day-by-day listings of natural events. It was worth the price of the almanac (about $6) just to find out when the chorus frogs were going to start singing in Makanda.

When my husband and I moved to Red Fork — a blue-collar neighborhood in west Tulsa that lies roughly between Route 66 and Lookout Mountain — in the summer of 2004, I tried desperately to find a similar publication covering northeastern Oklahoma.

I came up empty, but I finally hit upon a plan: I would simply keep my own records about what was going on every day in my neck of the woods so that maybe, in a few years, I could make an educated guess about when the scissortails would return to their perch on my chimney and the tree frogs would return to my pond.

This was also a cope mechanism. I started this blog in late December 2005. I didn’t really like winter (and still don’t, although I’ve found that a kettle of posole simmering on top of a woodstove helps tremendously), but I found it much more bearable when I could open WHTC and think about what sort of life was stirring a few miles away in the Shawnee National Forest on a bleak, icy day — so I thought maybe if I took five minutes a day to probe my back yard for signs of life, the cold wouldn’t seem so bad.

Over time, my focus expanded to include my other great loves: my faith, my family, my animals, Route 66, distance running, gardening, cooking, photography, solar power, energy conservation, folk music, and assorted other interests.

In April 2013, I left Red Fork to take a position at a newspaper in Southeast Missouri, about 60 miles from my hometown. I realize my handle and blog name no longer make any sense in light of that, but I can’t change the handle, and I haven’t thought up a better title, so they’ll remain for the time being.

I still try to record natural events as I notice them, but you’ll generally find them wedged in between Judy Collins videos, photos of New Mexico sunsets, anecdotes about my dogs’ latest mischief, and observations about metaphysics.

It’s an eclectic mix … but in the end, aren’t we all?

74 Responses to About me

  1. Peter Woodman says:

    Well, I’ll be leaving for Heathrow in 8 hours so will shortly be going to bed. While in Kenya I’ll look out for the wildlife and flora and let you know how the trip went overall.
    British Airways has allowed us to take an additional 30 kg of baggage FOC as it is charitable. We have dozens of Bibles, children’s books, writing equipment and other items for the orphans and churches. Later BA will be freighting a much larger load for the Rev Philip Akala.
    All the best,
    Peter.

  2. Angie says:

    I was trying to find a Red Fork Homeowners page — not sure if it still exists or not — but anyway, I found you. I think we may have a lot in common, I mean, besides being westsiders. See?
    –> http://static.flickr.com/41/79918631_5f22a04752_o.jpg

    – Angie

  3. Bravo! I didn’t think anybody else loved the Bell building like I do! Were you as heartbroken as I was when they tore down the Shady Rest? It was a disaster, but still … so much history … wish I could have saved it. There was potential under all that blight.

    Now … you need to e-mail me at sundayjohn66 at mac dot com so we can sit around and solve all of Red Fork’s problems over lunch at Ollie’s. :)

    • Roy Heim says:

      How would you like to comment on some of the westside projects we have been working on? I would like your opinions because you have the right heart for what we have been working on. Roy Heim, Southwest Tulsa Historical Society, Townwest Sertoma Club, Route 66 Village Council, Red Fork Main Street, Southwest Tulsa Planning Committee, Southwest Tulsa Chamber, Western Neighbors and a personal commitment to the westside. Contact me at my email or home 445-9260.

    • Tim Connor says:

      I would also like to see the photos of the westside that the historical society has.

  4. Ginny Louise says:

    Hi, friend of nature. I was googling for “orion” and found you. I was really surprised to find another being who remembered that song!! Do you remember the rest of the words? I sung the first verse to my kids when they were young, and I wish I could have the rest of the lyrics for my new grand daughter! Thanks a bunch! Ginny–another friend of nature.

  5. HippieChickOK says:

    I am a displaced West Sider. I am curious as to WHY you moved to Red Fork. I was doing a search for Hippie Chicks and came across you and was just so surprised to see “Red Fork” in your name. BTW: I love the flower pictures. They are great.

  6. Ginny: I wish I knew the rest of the song. I only know one verse and the chorus. We used to sing it in music class when I was in the sixth grade, but I’m not sure whether my teacher got it out of the music book or someplace else.

    HippieChickOK: We fell in love with Tulsa during our trips down Route 66. We sought out Red Fork because we liked the history, we wanted to be close to 66, and we plan to go solar in the near future, so we needed a small house (it’s easier to convert if your power consumption is low to start with) without any land covenants or architectural mandates that would prevent us from installing Suncubes on the roof. I like the energy over here, too — people are so proud of their neighborhood, and so excited about redeveloping the Route 66 corridor and restoring the historic buildings downtown. It’s great to see that.

  7. Jaded Youth says:

    Hey, I’m a wordpress virgin and I’m trying to get the hang of this… err…
    Anyway, I thought I’d stop by and let you know that I enjoyed reading your blog.
    All the best.

  8. Laurie says:

    Hey there. I was happy to see that I’m not the only person out there that remember’s the song Orion. I’ve been trying to find the lyrics for years. We learned it back in the 4th grade. I remember asking my music teacher for a song book when they were getting new ones, just so I could have the words. I know she gave it to me, but I think my mom finally got tired of storing it. Everytime I look up and see Orion, I remember that song. It brings back such good memories. Thank you for letting me know that I’m not the only one out there.

  9. Kathy says:

    I live by Town west and grew up in Red Fork. It is an awesome little community! Do you have a site on my space? You could post pics, ect about Red Fork. Cool! I really like your site! Kathy

  10. Kathy says:

    Do you have any good shots of any of the old buildings in Red Fork? I would love to see them. I have been going around taking pics of the schools, the old gas station on SW blvd. where my granddad used to work and crystal city shopping center (bowling alley). Great memories! Kathy

    • Roy Heim says:

      Kathy,
      Our Southwest Tulsa Historical Society has a lot of old westside photos and stories. Get in touch with me sometime and I can forward a few to you. We have meetings every month, since July 9, 1992. Our society concentrates primarily on westside history.
      Roy Heim, President 918-445-9260

  11. Kathy says:

    Angie, Where did you take this pic? I think it was on SW blvd. by my Granddads station but wasn’t for sure! Thanks, Kathy

  12. Kim Archer says:

    Emily,

    I finally had a moment or two this evening to check out your blog and I have to say, it’s one of the best I’ve ever seen. I have bookmarked it and will be a faithful reader.

    P.S. It was nice working with you for the short time we worked together!

    Kim

  13. Thanks! Post now and then and let me know how you’re doing, too.

    Let me know when you decide you want your parking space back. I told Susan I’d arm-wrestle her for you, but she wasn’t having any of it. ;)

    In the meantime, be sure and give Billington some crap from me….

    Emily

  14. Janet says:

    Your post today (Planting Day) made MY day … you mentioned Sioux tomatoes as one variety you planted. My dad (whose name was George, which I’ve always found appropriate) used to plant Sioux as his main tomato (also a few two-toned beefsteak — yellow and red — which was non-acidic and very good), along with enough red and yellow plum and cherry tomatoes to keep us kids in snacks! :)

    My folks had about 4 acres when I was growing up, and about 1 acre of that was garden. We lived on it all year long, and even made a little money. Living on Rt. 43, just south of Kent, OH, there was enough traffic for dad to wheel a wheelbarrow down to the road with corn or tomatoes or peppers or anything else that was in season and mom had gotten tired of canning. It usually paid for the plants and seed.

    I seem to be running on a bit, but I just wanted to say “Thank you” for the lovely memories you brought to me this morning.

    May the Lord bless you and keep you …

    jma

  15. heather says:

    hi hippie chick.
    i love your blog. i recently moved back to tulsa from nyc and its nice to see someone who appreciates these parts like you do…
    i started a project that you might be interested in.
    http://www.globalgardens.blogspot.com
    thanks for the inspiration. your photos are fantastic!

  16. Mona Flick Wagner says:

    I stumbled on your blog whilst doing a search for articles about “Blunck’s Studio celebrates 100 years”; and your blog was a result link. My great grandfather was Edward Madison Blunck, the man who started it all. His daughter, my grandmother, and her husband, along with their wonderful employees, made it what it is today. I really enjoyed reading your blog, and smiled.

  17. jamie says:

    Hello!

    I grew up in Carbondale. Hubby and I moved to Red Fork and raised our two kiddies there. They are adults now. We are back to Carbondale, same street I lived on as a kid. I was looking for a cleaners to hem up some of my pants and somehow stumbled upon you. I like your idea to write about things in Red Fork. I have always been a West-sider a.k.a. River Rat. Thanks for keeping Red Fork alive.

  18. jamie says:

    Some of my favorite places and things in Tulsa, just for fun. Dwelling Spaces, Under the Mooch, Class Act Beauty Shop, Goodwill, Target on 21st, Big Al’s Restaurant, G. Oscars Bicycles, Steve’s Sundry, Day ‘N Nite Cleaners, little Route 66 mural on Southwest Blvd featuring the Blue Whale, Zarrow Library, old neon signs, Tulsa Art Deco, Downtown Tulsa, Coney Islander, Bike Trail, Arizona Restaurant, Salvation Army Thrift Stores, Sheridan Lanes, Riverlanes, Webster High School, Clinton Middle School, Robertson Elementary School, Braum’s, The Stove Hospital, old houses, old Perryman home in my neighborhood.

  19. Jamie,

    Be sure and check out my Indie Tulsa blog. I think you will like it; a couple of your favorites are on there, and several others (including Dwelling Spaces) are on my to-do list. :)

  20. Jonathan Livingston says:

    Hi, I just ran across your blog by accident. This is the first time I’ve read a blog, my 21 year old son thinks I’m pretty bad with computers. I found what you had to say very interesting. My wife and I have recently moved back to Tulsa, OK from Aberdeen, SD talk about hating winter I never did get used to it up there. We haven’t really made any friends yet so I’d like to talk to you some day if your interested e-mail me.Oh by the way the book Jonathan Livingston Seagull came out while I was in High School and I never met the author so the name is totally a accident, but it did create some nick names and I have kind of adopted it.

  21. jamie says:

    Hi Hippie Chick!

    Last week my husband found a rhinocerous beetle while mowing the yard. Sadly, already deceased, he clear-coated him to keep him nice and shiny. He placed him on a nice large wood chip for display, very artsy. Yesterday we saw a 12 inch earthworm crawling down our street. We waited for the worm to crawl away before backing out of the driveway. Nice to see some wildlife once in a while on the westside.

  22. dabigleap says:

    Hi Emily,

    Don’t know if I mentioned it or not but we grew up in Oklahoma. I’m from Guthrie and my wife is from OKC. Put Guthrie on your list of visits. It’s a really neat little victorian town with lots of antiques and hokie museums. A fun, short day trip from Stroud!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Bob

  23. Kim Mauck says:

    Hi Emily,

    I’m a writer for Oklahoma Today magazine and am working on a story about Oklahoma bloggers. I’d like to speak with you for it. Please e-mail me and let me know whether you’re interested. Thanks!

    Kim

  24. kate says:

    I have to agree, I hate winter too. I like the idea of trying to find signs of life during the winter, to make it less aggrivating!

  25. Larry says:

    I have a place to recommend for you to check out. Moonsky’s cheesesteaks. ON Pine just west of Lewis next to the Laundromat. Very good Po boys and sandwiches. Nice people who own the place. THey survived the reconstruction of Pine that took so long.

  26. mary says:

    Hello-
    I just found your blog today while searching “chickens city Tulsa”. I am interested in raising chickens – but was not sure about city regulations. Any pointers as to where i could find out if it’s okay to raise them in the city limits – like just south of Brookside?? I have been inspired for many years by the site called path to freedom dot com. They are in california and raise chickens, ducks and goats in the pasadena area. We are definitely an urban homestead family – and are looking for ways to stretch our skills this year.
    Thanks for such a great blog – i look forward to reading through your archives…

  27. We live in the city limits. Tulsa city ordinances allow up to six chickens, provided you keep them at least 50 feet from any residence. If you have a really tiny backyard, you probably can’t get away with it, but if you keep them toward the back of a normal lot, you should be fine.

    I’d recommend sticking to hens. Neighbors aren’t likely to appreciate roosters crowing at 3 a.m.

    • HB says:

      Is that “residence” or “property line?” I live in midtown and really wanted to get four hens. Behind my house are businesses (basically old houses that have been converted to businesses) and to the sides residential properties. Do you think I would still be okay to put them toward the back of the lot? I don’t know any other chicken owners and am wondering how strict they are about the code here.

  28. Love your blog, I’ll be back.

    I used to live in Albuquerque not far from Route 66. Every evening my dog and I would have take a seat in the foothills of the Sandias and watch the sunset.

    New Mexico has the most wonderful sunsets I have ever seen. They’re even better uip around Taos. I plan to retire near Taos.

  29. Dustin says:

    Hey, been reading your blog for a while. I’m a former West Tulsan myself, now making myself at home in Sand Springs. Was surprised to find a “Red Fork hippie,” lol…

    Anyway, good reading on here.

  30. Greetings from one Tulsan to another. I happened to find your blog by searching Holga and Tulsa on Google. Very nice shots you have here!

  31. Dreamintobegreener says:

    Hey!

    Turns out I was googling the possibility of having chickens within the Tulsa city limits and found you…awesome content!! I’m born and raised in Tulsa, mainly brookside area. Recently moved to 244 & Yale area where I landed an awesome ranch with original bathrooms on over an acre…can’t wait to start planting. Looks like I can even have some chickens :) This, from someone who has absolutely no idea what she’s talking about, so I’m glad to have you as a resource.

    Rock on!

  32. Make sure you don’t have any land covenants governing your property.

    Lee’s Feed, out on East 11th Street (historic Route 66) going toward Catoosa, is supposed to get chicks in this week. I started ours in a guinea pig cage from the pet store. I put them on a table in my office so the dogs couldn’t get to them and suspended a heat lamp from a chain above the table. I kept a thermometer in the cage and watched the temperature, adjusting the size of the bulb and the height of the lamp as necessary to keep them warm but not too hot. As I recall, you start them at 100 degrees and then back it off as they get bigger.

    Joel Salatin’s book Pastured Poultry Profits is a great resource. There are also some good Web sites out there on keeping backyard chickens. My best advice is to stick with hens, because roosters are obnoxious and will draw complaints from the neighbors. (They’re also fairly useless, as they don’t lay eggs. If you want to breed chickens, get a rooster. If you just want eggs, stick to hens.)

  33. Vermontgrammie says:

    Dear Redfork hippie,
    I was looking for the audio version of Mother’s Evening Prayer to send to our daughter Jaya is in Rwanda, about to adopt a baby. I can not tell you how moved I was with your account about the fireflies and your sweet dear nieces.
    We (my husband and I ) are members of the Christian Science church , and brought up our children in the Sunday School.Although she is no longer a church goer, she and her husband(a prin grad) still are very spiritual and love all the hymns, especially this one which has been sung to them all their lives.

    You sound like a very busy lady, and you may not want to engage in yet another blog experience , but our daughter’s blog, (quite new only since Dec 07) can be found at htp://miryangojayablogspot.com or just google mizero jaya blog.

    The rainbow and firefly stories were so helpful, -we have a similar story about hummingbirds, that came to us when Trace came and went. I pray that your family has every day a new sense of life, a sweet hold on innocence and the power of that innocence that all these little angel babies give us.

    That hymn, by the way has healed cats, children, baby birds, and a whole town. following september 11- our son then in ninth grade strode to the pulpit of the biggest church in town and read every word. You could have heard a pin drop – and there were close to 500 people there. -then three or four business owners who own international companies(including us) asked Toph for the hymn and sent the words out in newsletters the next week.

    Thank you for all your joyous, vibrant entries. I loved reading them.

    Diana

  34. Vermontgrammie says:

    I am glad my comments got posted, but my email shows, too- could you please remove it? your notes say will not be published, so please do fix it.

    Also I sent the wrong address for our daughter’s blog-here is correct
    http://www.miryango.blogspot.com/
    thank you vermontgrammie

  35. I pulled up your post, and the e-mail address is not visible. WordPress did some strange things yesterday with another blog I handle, so I’m guessing the problem was on their end and has since been fixed. Let me know if it’s still visible on your end, and I’ll try to figure out what’s going on.

    Glad you’re enjoying the blog. There’s a nice version of “Mother’s Evening Prayer” on the Sweet Sacred Solos album by the Solo Committee. You can get the album at most Reading Rooms, and it’s also available on iTunes if you just want to download one song.

  36. Chris S. says:

    Hello Red Fork Hippie!
    I wanted to introduce myself and my company Green Mountain Energy and our carbon offset division BeGreen. I hope you find our site useful. We are constantly updating it with news, tips, and partnerships that we are creating with other companies.

    Thanks!
    Chris-

  37. Carol Snyder says:

    Hello!

    We are practically neighbors. I bought a house with 1/2 acre right behind Webster in January. I’ve been wanting to raise a flock of chickens. Would love to get your advice on the chickens and solar power.

    Thanks so so much.

    Carol

  38. Kathryn Benson says:

    Hello,

    I’m really enjoying reading your blog! I’m working on an article about Tulsa-area bloggers for Urban Tulsa Weekly, and I would love to ask you a couple of questions about your blogging experience, and recommend your blog to our readers. Please email me if you’re interested.

    Thanks so much,

    Kathryn Benson

    bensonka@grinnell.edu

  39. jen says:

    Hi!
    I got here from Brigid’s LJ.
    I teach in Red Fork (11th year at Park Elementary…the elementary school I attended!), I grew up in Carbondale.
    My grandparents still live there.

    I miss the days when West Tulsa was nearly self-contained. You didn’t HAVE to cross the river to get anything. Crystal City had a grocery store, a department store, a barber shop, a dime store, an auto/hardware store, a bowling alley, and a children’s shoe store. Then came Town West, which gave us another grocery, and the department store moved there (my grandmother was the Manager of Froug’s), and other small shops. There were small restaurants and a library.

    This was in the 70s and 80s…long before that, Crystal City was an amusement park.

    I miss the safety I used to feel in West Tulsa.
    I used to ride my bike everywhere, fearless.
    I still think it’s a special place, but wish there were more home OWNERS and fewer transient renters who don’t share the love of the community.

    I’m glad you like it there. :)

    • Ronnoc says:

      Hey I went to Park, back when the old schools were still around. Your right I hate seeing the West side of town just go to crap. I live in Owasso and have been here for 17 years but lived in Red Fork and Hill Haven from birth until then. My Parents lived in Red Fork until they died last year. Love the west side of Tulsa and miss it very much. Oh, love that shot down SWBlvd in the header.

  40. I love it. I may be hopelessly naive, but I feel completely safe in Red Fork. The neighbor’s kid came over to borrow a cup of brown sugar from my husband today. Couple of hours later, her dad brought us a bag of homemade cookies. Where else would that happen? Our other neighbor loaned us his lawnmower the other day while ours was broken. There’s a calico cat across the street; she comes to visit and bum tuna off of me every chance she gets, to the immense amusement of her owners. Our dogs recognize the sound of the ice-cream truck and throw a fit if I don’t run out and buy them a popsicle every time it comes through.

    I love it here.

  41. Double J says:

    About your chickens: I live in a fairly upscale small neighborhood in OKC. One day while exiting the hood, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a huge bird. I stopped and was blown away by this beautiful giant rooster walking around very cocky (sorry). I watched him for a bit then opened my door take a picture when he flew up, steadied himself on top of the fence then disappeared in the back yard. Later in the week, I saw him again by a lady watering her garden. I stopped and asked about him. She thought he must have escaped from someone transporting him or was just let out like people do with dogs. She advised all the neighbors on his side of the street give him scraps as well as feed and he roosts in a nice low tree. He is easily spooked but is well adorned with long spurs for cat protection. I have been walking my elderly Bichon in the mornings and can hear him crow. Very cool to have a rooster as our neighborhood mascot.

  42. Stan says:

    Just wanted to say hello and thanks for having a good blog about Red Fork. I found your blog on accident and found it coincidental because I was visiting family today and drove through Red Fork. Although I no longer live in Tulsa, I still have many fond memories of the Westside. Spent plenty of time in Crystal City.

  43. Roy Heim says:

    I stumbled on your website while researching our Red Fork history. You may know about our Southwest Tulsa Historical Society formed on July 9, 1992 in Red Fork at Ollie’s Station Restaurant. We have been holding monthly meetings for over 16 years. Our meetings have covered each of the westside communities, historic people and places on the westside. The society funded the video interviews of many westsiders and westside projects related to the WPA in a joint venture with OETA. OETA has run the documentary “WPA – Road to Recovery” many times on their station.

    The society has collected hundreds of westside photos, documents and related memorabilia to display at a future time as financing becomes available. Two of our members have written books related to the westside history. Norma Lannon’s “Berryhill History & Memories” was completed in 2007. Cecil Gomez’s “A Mexican Twilight” about West Tulsa and the families living in the Frisco Railroad “Y” was completed in 2006. His next book “West Tulsa – 1939, Before and After” was just completed at the end of 2008. All of the books are available at the Red Fork Art Gallery, owned and operated by Mary Jo Luster of Red Fork. The Red Fork Gallery is located across from Ollie’s Station Restaurant, 4000 Southwest Boulevard. Their front doors are both inches away from Historic Route 66 that cuts through the West Tulsa – Red Fork areas.

    Check out the SouthwestTulsa.org website for more connections to the Red Fork area. Roy Heim, President of Southwest Tulsa Historical Society. 918-445-9260. Crimedet@aol.com

    • Susan Smith says:

      Hi Roy: I was wondering if you were still out there. That was one of my most favorite documentaries I every made. I am not working as a professor in the UAE teaching documentaries. You were a policeman weren’t you? Or am I wrong. I often think about you and the stories you could tell me. Perhaps when I am in Tulsa again and we could meet. Do you think you could tell me if they have done any recent showings of the documentary? Maybe the listings if possible. Perhaps mention my name on your description.. It wouldn’t hurt to get some credit. Please reply. I would like to hear from you. My gmail email is sssmith@aus.edu

    • Susan Smith says:

      Hi Roy, This is Susan Smith. I was wondering if you were still out there. That was one of my most favorite documentaries I ever made and I enjoyed doing the research and writing the script so much!! I am now working as a professor in the UAE teaching documentary production. I am curious, are they still showing the WPA documentary? Could you give me any recent showing dates and times?. Email me and let me know how you are doing.
      Susan Smith

      • Roy Heim says:

        Susan,
        I haven’t seen “WPA Road to Recovery” in a while. We have copies of the video and talk about it often at our monthly historical society meetings. Sherry and I would like to catch up with what you are doing. We really appreciate the work you did filming our Tulsa westsiders who were involved in the WPA Projects. CrimeDet@aol.com

      • Manuella R Glore says:

        Hi Susan, I was wondering where you had gotten to just a week or so ago. Don’t know if you remember me: I did the interview about my dad, Manuel Coffey & the CCC”s/ We are retired and still in Berryhill where we lived when you interviewed me. Good to know you are doing well.

        Manuella (Coffey) Glore

  44. jenx67 says:

    How interesting – what a great plan. My mother was born and raised in Carbondale, by the way. And, without realizing it, I have chronicled in my mind when certain things happen around here. The sweet almonds blossom before anything else, and when all the trees have dropped their leaves, the fire bushes still prevail.

    I navigated here from the Okie Blog contest. Best of luck.

  45. Glen says:

    Periodically check on your blog because I grew up on the West Side. I was wondering if you have ever run across some old pictures of Crystal City. If so could you post? Thanks.

    Glen

  46. I don’t have any old Crystal City pictures, but David Breed of the Southwest Tulsa Historical Society might know where to find some.

  47. Angela Utley says:

    I am the one that was at Mardel’s. Wow what a blog. I am impressed. I am on facebook under my name Angela Utley . I like to write poetry but I not the world’s greatest if you know what I mean. I am also on myspace.com/preventvaccineinjury. A number of my friends in the autism world are on that page. Talk later then! ~Angela Utley

  48. Laurie Garth says:

    Hmmmm

    reading

    “This was also a cope mechanism. I started this blog in late December 2005. I didn’t really like winter (and still don’t, although I found last year that a Dutch oven full of posole”

    Obvioulsy “dutch oven” has a diferent meaning in the USA than to here in Australia.

    Loz from Oz

  49. Lynn Stuart says:

    I am a Route 66 fan and have traveled the Route over the last few years with only St. Louis to Chicago left to do. Can you tell me where you got the Route 66 floor mats you mentioned in the Craftster website.

    Thank you.

    • I bought them at Gabe’s office supply in Sapulpa a couple of years ago. They were the last set in stock. Not sure about the manufacturer, but I really wouldn’t recommend them, as the design (different kinds of carpet sort of patchworked into the mat to make the shield and numbers) makes them wear out fast with daily use. The yarn started wearing off around the seams on the driver’s side almost immediately, and now the shield on that side is almost completely gone. Cute in theory, but in practice, they just didn’t hold up.

      You can sometimes find welcome mats with the shield on them. One of those would probably hold up much better, as there are no seams.

      • Lynn Stuart says:

        Just got back from finishing Route 66 ( My husband and I have been traveling the Mother Road for about 7 years a week at a time. I cried when I saw the sign in Chicago) and still looking for items to make my black PT Cruiser a real Route 66 Cruiser. I wasn’t able to find any car mats, although you didn’t recommend them any way. Since you mentioned how quickly they wear out I may put them in the back which doesn’t get much use if I can even find them. You suggested welcome mats – couldn’t find those either. Any suggestions on where I could get the welcome mats? Maybe a store you’ve seen them in?

        Thanks again for all your help.

      • The Rock Cafe in Stroud, Okla., used to carry Route 66 welcome mats. I’m not sure where Dawn found them, but I have one I bought at the gift shop a few years ago.

  50. dsully66 says:

    Hello to a fellow 66 nut. Would you believe that I just watched again the Modern Marvels episode on Route 66 and noticed your name. I googled you because I was curious if you were related to the Priddy that is involved in Missourinet news and Missouri history. As I looked at some of your websites, I noticed that you also are a teacher and have Route 66 memoriabilia in your classroom. I am a high school teacher in Missouri and have on my classroom wall a license plate of Route 66 with all the states listed and a large white shield clock. All the kids know their history teacher is a big 66 nut (such being the email address). I used to live in Chicago because of that residence have had the opportunity to be at both the beginning and end of Route 66. I had the chance to do some disaster relief during the Northridge earthquake and went to the Santa Monica pier. I’ve been able to travel much of 66 in Illinois and Missouri and have a goal once the kids are grown to travel the entire road in a camper with my wife. Someday, someday. Long live the Mother Road!

  51. Residence. If you’re uncertain, I believe my husband found the ordinance on the City of Tulsa’s Web site. Search for “poultry.”

  52. MsJo says:

    My fiance and I are considering moving home to Tulsa, I was raised in West Tulsa and my family still live there…. we found a house in Redfork…possibly anyway. I would like to connect with people. I have been in Los Angeles since 1986 or so with a smattering of visits home…
    Do you still live in Redfork? I look forward to reading your posts and getting to know you better!

  53. Roy Heim says:

    There is plenty of good things going on in Southwest Tulsa; West Tulsa, Garden City, Red Fork, Carbondale, Berryhill, Oakhurst and now “Tulsa Hills”-the new shopping center at 71st and Highway 75 (Oklmulgee BeeLine). http://www.swtulsachamber.com, http://www.southwesttulsa.org and cecilgomez.com, http://www.townwestsertomaclub.org.

  54. Jacqueline says:

    Hi, my name is Jacqueline, I am a student in highschool working on a presentation about Love Canal in my Ecological Biology Class and am writing to ask permission to use images found on your site in my presentation. It is a short film on the contamination at Love Canal, and while researching I found some really helpful pictures on your website and would really appreciate permission to use them. If you have any questions please feel free to contact my teacher Mr. Shepherd at Ashepherd@shipleyschool.org . Please let me know!
    Thanks,
    Jacqueline

  55. I have recently bought a house in Red Fork on a dead end next to the old Sue Bland allottment. We love the small town feel and seclusion even though we’re five minutes from downtown Tulsa. I am a Sign Artist and Muralist. Some of my work is the 1920’s Tulsa Mural on the old Insurance building on W 41st east of 244. Also the lettering of the Pullman car and caboose for the “Route 66 Station”

  56. Kris Rose says:

    I just bought a house in Red Fork and have been a Route 66 fan for a long time now. I love that we will soon live right next to it in about a month’s time.
    I also raise chickens and plan on bringing them with me when we relocate.
    I would love to open a moped repair and sales business in one of the vacant buildings on Main street in Red Fork. By moped I mean old 80’s models or earlier with actual pedals that don’t go over 30 MPH and get around 110 MPG.
    I think Red Fork would make a nice moped friendly area,
    and with soaring gas prices who wouldn’t love to get 110 MPG while getting fresh air in the spring/summer/fall?
    Would love to come to the historical society meetings and get involved in the restoration of my new home.
    I also have two bee tattoos on my right arm, so we have that love in common as well.
    Take care and I’ll be checking back to see each new entry on your blog. This will be a first for me.
    Kris Rose
    P.S. My husband is also an English teacher in Tulsa Public schools, and I know what you speak of when you say you have burned out on all the bureaucracy.
    Hopefully we will meet soon!

  57. nonoymanga says:

    Your low light motel sign artistic shot, catches my attention!!! I’m one of your followers now!!! Cheers Nonoy Manga

  58. Linda says:

    Do you have the blue whale charm

    • I don’t understand your question. I have a sterling silver Blue Whale charm glued to the dashboard of my car. I think I gave $11 for it at Dwelling Spaces a couple of years ago.

  59. Michael M says:

    Hey there, former neighbor to the north. I wondered if you still lived in the hood. My family used to live in the yellow house behind you. Anyway, I thought of you today because I’m now jumping into raising chickens and bees may not be far behind. We go through eggs and honey like it’s bread and water. Did you ever have snakes in your chicken tractor?

    • Hey! Awesome to hear from you! How are y’all doing? I’m in Cape Girardeau, Mo., these days. Moved not quite a year ago and am reeeeeally looking forward to setting up a couple of beehives and hopefully a quail tractor next month. (Chickens, sadly, are illegal in city limits. Weirdly, emus are not. Don’t think I didn’t think about it.) We never had problems with snakes in our chicken tractor, but my friend Terriann used to live right next to Red Fork Creek and got a few baby snakes from time to time.

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