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Route 66 Caravan Road Log:
May 30, 2003


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Lunch at Ann's Chicken Fry House

Yukon Chamber of Commerce Mixer

The wonderful town of Yukon, Oklahoma was not finished with the Route 66 Caravan yet. We had a Friday morning get together with the Chamber of Commerce at the Hampton Inn. What a turn out, even the mayor came! Lest we get too much of a swelled head now, Cathy Patton the Chamber President confided in me that they do this EVERY Friday morning at different locations.

I Like This Town!

 

Cara van at the Yukon Chamber of Commerce Mixer
Sheila Dahl (far right) presents a 1935 Oklahoma Road Map to the Caravan. Pictured left to right are Jamie, Kevin, Traci, Jim, Guy, and Sheila.

Yukon Mayor & Chamber President
Cathy Patton, President of the Yukon Chamber of Commerce and Earline Smaistrla, Mayor of Yukon.

Yukon is full of just plain great folks!

             
  After the Chamber of Commerce Mixer we had to make a hasty exit for Oklahoma City. We were expected at Ann's Chicken Fry and Gift Shop at 10:00 a.m. for a Save-A-Landmark Roadside Attraction Sign presentation. It was a few minutes after 9:00 when we left the Yukon Hampton Inn. Once again Jim impressed me with his driving skills. It truly was a sight to behold. I swear his foot got just a little bit heavier on the pedal because we made it to Ann's in record time. Of course Jaimie Hall and I had to pick up the scattered papers, magazines, soda cans and other assorted objects tossed around the RV though. Those were items left over from Jim's mad dash through traffic on Route 66!

 

Ann's Chicken Fry House and Gift Shop

Ann's Chicken Fry House

"So this is the way it's supposed to taste!"

~ the immortal words of Dennis Karlstad when he took his first bite of his chicken fried steak at Ann's Chicken Fry House. I guess that says it all.

       
  Ann's Chicken Fry House in 1948

Ann's Chicken Fry House started life on Route 66 in 1948 as a Cities Service gas station. It operated as such along the Mother Road until 1966 when it was transformed into a restaurant called "Three Bulls Steak House."

       
  In 1971 when Al Burchett returned home from Vietnam he was looking for something to do. He became a partner with his brother and they purchased the Three Bulls Steak House. They needed another name though and couldn't decide on one. With a stroke of inspiration they put all of their names, including their wives, in a hat and relied on pure luck. Ann, Al's brother's wife was drawn - and Ann's it became!

66 Caravan at Ann's Chicken Fry House

         

Return to the Fifties

Jamie Hall and Friend

        
Owner - Operator Al Burchett

Al Burchett Gives Dennis a Hard Time

  

Al Burchett owner of Ann's

Al gives Dennis a hard time

           

Roadside Attraction Ceremony

Roadside Attraction Sign Ceremony
Al, Jim and Traci at the ceremony.

"I've been waiting 32 years for a sign like this!" says Ann's operator Al Burchett.

           
The food at Ann's Chicken House is original, tasty, and always fresh! I had my first fried peaches, a delicacy I was a little leery of trying, but one bite convinced me that this was pure heaven. The food is fantastic. For fried green tomatoes, fried olives with cheese, and of course the best Chicken Fried Steak in the world you have got to stop by Ann's Chicken Fry House.

Ann's Chicken Fry House Cooks
Ann's cooks know how to dish out the good stuff. Left to right, Orlando Garza, Al, Jim. and Travis Ayers.

       
Anns Chicken Fry House Roadside Attraction Sign

 

Route 66 Overholser Bridge

Route 66 Overholser Bridge

 

This classic old steel truss bridge is located between Oklahoma City and Yukon on old Route 66 at Lake Overholser, or as the locals were want to call it; "Lake Hold Her Closer." I got that information from Kathy Anderson, acting president of the Oklahoma Route 66 Association. Lake Overholser is a man made lake that was once used as a sea-plane base during W.W.II.

 


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