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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Hazen, Arkansas to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Visited Pawhuska today and a good Mexican lunch! Headed west tomorrow! :)

 Yesterday (Tuesday) we left Hazen, Arkansas about 0900. We had a good drive and worked our way to Bartlesville, Oklahoma pretty easily. WE got off 40 on what was stated as a toll road, but we never paid any toll. It took us nicely through Tulsa, Ok. 

We arrived at Motel 1 around 1500. I found this motel on Hotels.com but didn't want to book it as we weren't sure how crowded it would be and if we could get a 1st floor room. So, we paid an extra $10.00 a night but still, at $59 a night we were ok with that. We have a huge, remodeled room with a king bed, upscale bedding and everything new. We'll take it! 

We spent the evening relaxing and then had our chicken and salad that I had made at Bryan and Cheryl's before we left. 

Bryan bought Cheryl a new weed eater, Looks so cute

Love their little place in Arkansas!!

This morning we knew we were headed for Pawhuska to spend most of the day. We took our time and then went next door to have breakfast. A good, but not great one. Probably wouldn't go back, but out the door for $22.00 including tip. 

Then we headed out the 22 miles to Pawhuska. We stopped at the Frank Phillips park for a few minutes. Phillips founded the Phillips Petroleum Company in 1917 here in Bartlesville. 

The 940 is back where it belongs at the Bartlesville Depot
over 100 years old

I went inside the cab of the 940 

We parked in Pawhuska and then toured the town. Not our first time as we were here in 2015 when it was just a tiny, run down town. Ree and Ladd Drummond had just bought the building that would become The Mercantile. 

The girl in the car took us on old US 60 to Pawhuska. Obviously
this used to a business of some kind at one point.  

The corner building, which is now the Frontier Hotel

Brands fro different ranches in the area

Drummond Ranches

Looking at the Boarding House, Ree's Hotel. They have a 
Happy Hour out there in the afternoons for guests. Reservations
area booked way out! 

2nd story of the Mercantile. There's a bakery, we were looking 
for a cinnamon roll for coffee in the am. Only with maple icing.
Don't you think they could have cream cheese and maple?? 

This Pharmacy was on many episodes..their claim is a 
1950's soda fountain..

Not quite, but you're in cattle country! 

I had too! Russell and Seth! 💙

I loved watching her shows on Food Network and making some of her dishes over the years. Still do. We don't get Food Network anymore so I haven't see the shows in years. Loved watching her kids grow up on the ranch. 

We've been back several times through the years and watched the town grow and be revitalized. Last time was 2018 though. 2019 Ken had shoulder issues and then of course 2020 and forward was a bust. 

We definitely enjoyed today, but probably won't make this a destination anytime soon. There is growth, and it just doesn't seem as personal as it has been in the past. The prices in the Mercantile are up there and stuff you can find at any gift shop in my opinion. First time I walked out of there spending no dollars! 😱

We did buy a couple of little things at a vintage store, but not the sale of the day! LOL. 

We left there and headed to what was our favorite Mexican place for Linner. They no longer have wine (WHAT) but beer and a full bar! So I had a margarita with the meal. Food was still awesome and more than I could eat for sure! 

22 ounce Dos Equis and 18 ounce margarita. I'll take it LOL. 


We left there and came back to the room to have happy hour and just relax. Tomorrow we move on. 

Christina and Eric are on a mini vacation...

Grandma Wendy bought baby Phoenix a pool. I think he
loves it! 

       Eric and Christina are in Berkley (of all places) to see Willie Nelson in concert 

Time to get this finished and enjoy the rest of the evening! Tomorrow we should be somewhere in Kansas if all goes as planned!        


  1. About an hour ago I was thinking about Baby Phoenix and there he is ! Cute picture of Eric and Christina. Have a safe trip home.

  2. Not sure what episodes you were referring to. I must have missed something. Some very cool buildings in that town.
    What a great trip!

    1. Pioneer Woman is who I love to watch! But without Food Network it's been a couple of years. :(

  3. The cattle business has been good for Pawhuska, refurbishing a lot of the old downtown buildings, but then prices went through the roof. Still a fun place to visit.

    1. The Drummonds have definitely been good for the town! Brought in other businesses who would have failed several years ago!

  4. An interesting place to visit.
    I hope they enjoyed Willie!


    1. They had awesome seats and enjoyed him immensely! Yeah I love Pawhuska, just too expensive anymore! Well, for my pocketbook! LOL

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  6. Oh, how I love small towns like that. The brand symbols on the building are a nice touch!