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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 —

 
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By William Fischer, Jr., July 20, 2013
1. U.S. 66 Will Rogers Highway Marker
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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.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Man-Made FeaturesRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the U.S. Route 66 🛣️ series list. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1935.
 
Location. 36° 37.628′ 
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By William Fischer, Jr., July 20, 2013
2. U.S. 66 Will Rogers Highway Marker Sponsors
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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. Marker is on the grounds of the Grand River Dam Authority headquarters. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 226 West Dwain Willis Avenue, Vinita OK 74301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 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); 6th Kansas Cavalry (approx. 9.8 miles away); 14th Kansas Cavalry (approx. 9.8 miles away); 2nd Indian Homeguards (approx. 9.8 miles away); 3rd Indian Homeguards (approx. 9.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vinita.
 
Also see . . .
1. Will Rogers Memorial Museums, Oklahoma. (Submitted on August 17, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Grand River Dam Authority. (Submitted on August 17, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
U.S. 66 Will Rogers Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 20, 2013
3. U.S. 66 Will Rogers Highway Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 17, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 583 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 17, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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