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Vinita in Craig County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

President Franklin D. Roosevelt Stops at Vinita Katy Railroad Depot

 
 
President Franklin D. Roosevelt Stops at Vinita Katy Railroad Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, October 29, 2021
1. President Franklin D. Roosevelt Stops at Vinita Katy Railroad Depot Marker
Inscription.  On June 13th, 1936, President Roosevelt stopped his re-election special train in Vinita to honor citizens' request to help fund construction of the Grand River Dam. A large, rowdy crowd estimated at 5,000 greeted him.

President Roosevelt thanked the crowd for arranging the event and said he would see what he could do about it when he returned to Washington, D.C.

In September 1937, he signed legislation for $20 million to fund the project. Construction began in February 1938. The dam was finished in 1940 and the lake filled by the end of summer.

Grand Lake O' the Cherokees has 1,300 miles of scenic shoreline and approximately 50,000 surface acres of water. The dam is located on State Highway 28 near Langley, Oklahoma, some 14 miles southeast of this site.
 
Erected by Oklahoma Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational AreasWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1938.
 
Location. 36° 38.243′ N, 95° 9.062′ W. Marker is in Vinita, Oklahoma
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, in Craig County. Marker is at the intersection of East Illinois Avenue (U.S. 60) and South 2nd Street, on the right when traveling east on East Illinois Avenue. The marker is located near the street in the parking lot of a restaurant. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 319 East Illinois Avenue, Vinita OK 74301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. War Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Worcester Academy (approx. half a mile away); U.S. 66 - Will Rogers Highway (approx. one mile away); Grand River Dam (approx. 3˝ miles away); Old Military Road (approx. 9.4 miles away); 6th Kansas Cavalry (approx. 10.4 miles away); 14th Kansas Cavalry (approx. 10.4 miles away); 2nd Indian Homeguards (approx. 10.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vinita.
 
Also see . . .
1. Grand Lake o' the Cherokees.
Grand Lake o' the Cherokees is situated in Northeast Oklahoma in the foothills of the Ozark Mountain Range. It is often simply called Grand Lake. It is administered by the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA). Source: Wikipedia
(Submitted on October 31, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 

2. Franklin D. Roosevelt's Train Ferdinand Magellan.
In 1928, the Pullman Company built a fleet of six luxury train cars named after noted explorers. Roosevelt used
The view of the marker in the parking lot image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, October 29, 2021
2. The view of the marker in the parking lot
one of them, the Marco Polo, during the first two terms of his presidency from 1933 to 1940. He also used the Roald Amundsen. By the time the United States entered World War II in late 1941, it had become apparent that the president needed far more than just plush accommodations for his long-distance trips around North America.  Source: White House History
(Submitted on October 31, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
The view of the marker from the street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, October 29, 2021
3. The view of the marker from the street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 31, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 31, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 430 times since then and 96 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 31, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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