I’ve been offline for a couple of days because of storms and power outages in Tulsa, but I made it over to Stroud on Friday to get pictures of the aftermath of the fire at the Rock Cafe. You can see how it looked here.
Ron and I are going to the Rock on Tuesday to help Dawn clear some of the rubble out of the building. Two ceilings and a roof caved in on top of the dining room, so there’s no telling what we’ll find underneath. Dawn told me the other day that she’d unearthed some photo albums with photos still intact. Her old guestbooks were in the gift shop next door, which was not damaged. We’re hoping the current guestbooks (I think there are two, but don’t quote me on that) survived somewhere under the rubble. She described the process of sifting through the aftermath as being “like a treasure hunt, in a twisted way.”
The Lope’s May 30 entry is a nice tribute to the Rock, with loads of pictures.
If I didn’t know Dawn, I’d look at those ruins and worry about the future of the Rock Cafe, but I’ve known Dawn for seven years, and I’ve never known her to back down from a fight. She has almost as much respect for the word “impossible” as I do — and she’s probably the only woman alive who loves those old stone walls more than I do.
It doesn’t look like it right now, but the Rock is on a distinct upward trajectory. I’m looking forward to posting updates as that fact becomes visible to the untrained eye.
If anybody is interested in contributing funds to the restoration of the Rock Cafe, please send a check payable to Friends of the Mother Road to:
Friends of the Mother Road Inc.
c/o Kip Welborn
St. Louis, MO 63110
Write “Rock Cafe” in the memo line of your check. Friends of the Mother Road is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, so your donations are tax-deductible. I am hoping to set up a PayPal account for FOTMR to accept donations in the near future. I’d show you our Web site, except a cybersquatter stole our domain name, and we haven’t been able to get it back. (People must feel really cool when they hijack Web sites from nonprofit organizations. Classy….)