Vinita in Craig County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
U.S. 66 Will Rogers Highway
Chicago to Los Angeles
—Main St. of America —
Will Rogers formed lifelong ties to Vinita by attending school here, the Worcester Academy, 1889 and the Willie-Hasell College, 1894 and 1895 terms.
In 1934, Will returned for a WHC reunion and spoke at Old Settlers Day. He urged friends, "have a rodeo next year, and I'll be back."
American Legion Post 40 organized a rodeo for September 1935, but Will and Wiley Post were killed August 15, 1935 in a plane crash. After that the rodeo became the "Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo" and continues annually in Vinita.
"I never met a man I didn't like."
one of many quotes from Will Rogers
U.S. Highway 66 opened Nov. 11, 1925
Renamed in 1936 as Will Rogers Highway
Erected 1999 by the American Legion Post 40 and Friends of Route 66.
Marker series. This marker is included in the U.S. Route 66 marker series.
Location. 36° 37.628′ N, 95° 9.856′ W. Marker is in Vinita, Oklahoma, in Craig County. Marker is on Dwain Willis Avenue (U.S. 60/69), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Grand River Dam Authority headquarters. Marker is at or near this postal address: 226 West Dwain Willis Avenue, Vinita OK 74301, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. War Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Worcester Academy (approx. 0.8 miles away); Grand River Dam (approx. 4.2 miles away); Old Military Road (approx. 9.2 miles away); Confederate Soldiers (approx. 9.8 miles away); First Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry (approx. 9.9 miles away); Cabin Creek Battlefield (approx. 10.4 miles away); Eagle (D-X) Service Station (approx. 12.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Vinita.
Also see . . .
1. Will Rogers Memorial Museums, Oklahoma. (Submitted on August 17, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. National Historic Route 66 Federation. (Submitted on August 17, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Grand River Dam Authority. (Submitted on August 17, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 374 times since then and 92 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.