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May 31, 2003


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Arcadia, Oklahoma

The Round Barn

In the spring of 1898 William Harrison Odor, members of his family and his neighbors starting building a unique structure in the green countryside of Oklahoma. Little did they know at the time that the barn they were building would become a landmark on one of the most celebrated highways in America.
  Round Barn Around 1900 This was the beginning of what would become know as Arcadia’s Round Barn. The circular form of the barn presented special problems, Odor figured that each rafter would have to be green lumber and soaked in water. The rafter was then shaped in a special jig to form the exact curve of the roof.
         
Odor’s critics said the barn couldn’t be built, but he persevered to create the architectural wonder seen today. When the barn was new the lower level was used to shelter cattle, mules and hay. The upper level or loft was used for barn dances and other social gatherings. After years of hard use and then neglect the barn was in bad shape by the 1980s.

Round Barn 2003

          
  Route 66 Through Arcadia In 1988 the barn was donated to the Arcadia Historical and Preservation Society in an effort to save it. The Society believed it was an important part of Oklahoma history and every means should be made to save it.
           
Luther Robinson, a retired building contractor from Oklahoma City, was up to the task of restoration and he saved the Round Barn with the help of the volunteer group known as the over-the-hill-gang (most were over 65 years of age). Due to the efforts of Luther and his volunteers the Old Round Barn still stands as a roadside attraction along old Route 66.
         
  Arcadia, Oklahoma  

Arcadia Antiques

The Round Barn dominates the town of Arcadia.

Downtown Arcadia offers many photo opportunities.

Round Barn Roadside Attraction Sign

          
Butch & Perry

Round Barn Ceremony

 

Butch Breger runs the gift shop and acts as caretaker. His friend Perry Rogers (right) worked on restoration of the barn as a member of the over-the-hill-gang.

Butch and Perry joke with Jim. Butch says you can rent the Round Barn for parties, meetings and family reunions - everything in fact except SQUARE dances.

       
Round Barn Attraction Sign

 

Hillbillee's Cafe and Bed & Breakfast

Hillbilliee's Cafe

The Hillbillee's has been an institution in Arcadia for many years. In fact it once was the Route 66 Gas Station, Cafe and  Motor Inn. Jim claims that he heard that in the early days you could rent a room for the night that came complete with a companion if so desired. Now I'm not too sure about that, but it is an intriguing idea.
 
 

Norma Braxten bought the Hillbillee's Cafe in 1989. She and her husband have since turned the old rooms of the motor inn into a bed and breakfast.

Norma Braxten

 
  Hillbilliee's Sign

Look closely at this old weathered Hillbillee's sign ~ maybe Jim heard right.

     

The bed and breakfast has a distinctly western feel to it. It really looks like a fun place to spend the night.

Hillbillee's Bed and Breakfast

 


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