1921 Champlin Gas Station (2 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bath)


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  2. 2 bedrooms
  3. 2 beds
  4. 2.5 baths
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Total remodel of 1921 Champlin Gas Station. Pets allowed with permission. Two bedrooms. Each bedroom with private bath located on second floor. Each bedroom has lock and key and separate bathroom. One Queen size bed in each bedroom. Gourmet kitchen fully furnished. Roof top Deck. Interior is retro design. WIFI. TV in living room and each bedroom. Half bath on first floor. Clothes washer & dryer in unit. Ironing board & iron. Weekly rate discounted 15%. Monthly rate discounted 30%.

The space
Apartment is 1,740 square feet and includes two bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, kitchen with bar, living room, roof top deck, garage, and safe room. All this for $109/night? Oklahoma's best value!

Gourmet kitchen is fully furnished with microwave, cookware and utensils, dishes, glasses, cups, silverware, and dish towels. Iron and ironing board are provided. Each bedroom has one Queen bed. Mattress is neither hard or soft but in-between (firm).

The 1921 Champlin Gas Station is on Main Street adjacent to Prairie Quilt, Vernost Wine Bar at the Historic Ranch Room, Hennessey Public Library and History Center featuring the one-room school Lone Star School Exhibit, and restaurants.

Prairie Quilt was selected as one of Top 10 Quilt Shops in USA and featured in Quilt Magazine. Prairie Quilt occupies four buildings on Main Street.

Vernost WIne Bar is open Friday and Saturday nights and often times features live music.

Lone Star School is the only one-room school out of an estimated 190,000 one-room schools that existed in USA with the history of its students and families intact. Many Lone Star School artifacts and memorabilia are preserved at the Hennessey History Center

Turkey Creek Golf Course, a nine-hole course just six miles west of Hennessey, has received strong positive reviews. Very low course fee.

The John C. Karcher Museum and Hennessey Visitor Center located in the old Sinclair gas station is currently a dream but the building has been stabilized and reproduction vintage gas pumps installed. You are welcome to take pictures of your car or motorcycle in front of the station and visit the inside. You are also welcome to take pictures in front of the "visible" pumps in front of the Champlin Gas Station.

John C. Karcher graduated from Hennessey High School in 1912 and the University of Oklahoma in 1916. World War I interrupted his PhD studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His assignment was to locate heavy German artillery batteries in France by monitoring and studying acoustic waves the guns generated. When he returned to the states, Karcher applied his knowledge to using acoustic waves in the earth. Karcher eventually invented the Reflective Seismograph by which most of the world's oil has been discovered. Karcher's company eventually became Texas Instruments.

The ghost town of Roxana located just east of Hennessey is not found on Oklahoma maps anymore. Built in 1927, it was the wildest, most wicked oil boom town in Oklahoma in its day. A huge gusher in 1928 made a poor farmer a millionaire overnight. Roxana disappeared as quickly as it appeared when its refinery caught fire and was destroyed. Roxana's claim to fame? Roxana is where the first mile deep oil well was drilled in Oklahoma. A lonesome historical sign is the only physical evidence of the existence of Roxanna which once had a population of 1,000.

I have a hour long tour of our three block Main Street. As short as it is, Hennessey's Main Street contains all the features and preservation mistakes and preservation positives found in a large city like New York or Philadelphia. The tour is by appointment. For me, the highlight of the tour is the old Horse Stable, pioneer woman Doctor Violet Sturgeon's medical building, and the Karcher Museum with my grandpa's old horse wagon inside.

Northwest Oklahoma was largely settled in the 1889 Cherokee Strip Land Run. The land opened at noon on September 16, 1893 in the largest land run in history. By horse, train, wagon, and on foot, more than 100,000 land-hungry pioneers raced for 40,000 homesteads and the valuable town lots.

My great-grandfather made the land run as did many other poor Czechs seeking a better life. Northwest Oklahoma is roughly equal in size to the state of Connecticut. The population of Connecticut is about 4 million. The population of Northwest Oklahoma is about 230,000. Large in area and small in population, there is a broad array of history, cultural diversity, and geological diversity to experience.

Welcome, my fellow traveler on the road of life!

Several enjoyable day trips can be taken from the Champlin Gas Station to antique stores and museums in Guthrie, Enid, Kingfisher, Weatherford, Clinton, Fairview, Ponca City and Woodward plus Roman Nose State Park with its cool 55 degree bubbling springs, Glass Mountain State Park with panoramic views of the Great Plains, Salt Plains State Park, Little Sahara State Park, and Alabaster Caverns State Park.

Please call ahead to make sure the museums and antique stores are open. This is especially true for the small town museums which are often staffed by volunteers (who don't always show up). In addition, many museums and antique stores have shortened their hours and open dates due to the Coronavirus. Facilities within state parks have also been restricted due to the virus. So please, please call ahead and confirm open hours.

I have taken the liberty of listing those places of most interest to car and motorcycle enthusiasts first. Many museums, especially small town museums, are identified. Each museum has its own emphasis. Each museum has something unique not found elsewhere. A Director of a large museum told me "Richard, a lot of history would have been lost if it were not for the small town museums."

Mileage shown is one way. Double the mileage driven for the return trip.

Lucilles's Roadhouse Diner in Weatherford is a must for motorcycle enthusiasts, specialty car drivers, and Route 66 buffs. Lucille, Mother of the Mother Road, is honored as a member of the Oklahoma Route 66 Hall of Fame. Cal and Lucille Hamons opened the Hammons Courts and Lucille's Gas Station in 1941 in Hydro on Route 66. Hydro is 8 miles east of Weatherford. The construction of Interstate 40 in 1966 resulted in the demise of the business. Lucille's Gas Station is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Lucille's diner in Weatherford replicates the architecture of Lucille's gas station and has a gift shop.

Heartland of America Museum in Weatherford features many restored old cars and gas station memorabilia. The Stafford Air and Space Museum in Weatherford is Smithsonian Museum quality. Heartland Musuem and the Fairview Museum are my favorite two museums.

For the ultimate Route 66 experience, continue another 15 miles west to Clinton and the Route 66 Museum!

Conoco was formed in the early 20th Century by a merger of Marland oil company and Continental oil. The Conoco Museum exhibits are set up chronologically and allow you to understand what it takes to provide a gallon of gasoline at your local gas station.

Oil baron and philanthropist Ernest Marland's 43,561 square foot Mediterranean Revival style mansion in Ponca City is one of the largest residences in the Southwest and is now a Museum. The mansion is designated a National Historic Landmark and is known as the "Palace on the Prairie." At the height of the 1920s oil boom, Marland controlled one-tenth of the world's oil supply. The Pioneer Woman and Museum is a monument to the overlooked women who braved Western expansion and broke down societal barriers. There are two excellent antique stores in Ponca City for treasure seekers.

The Keminitz Sinclair Gas Station in Perry opened in 1937 and is located in the southeast corner of Perry's downtown square. The Keminitz gas station was recognized in June 2007 by the Sinclair Oil Corporation and the Oklahoma Petroleum Marketing Association as the "Longest Continuous Operating Service Station in Oklahoma." Customers can remain in their car while having their window washed, tires and oil checked, and gas pumped by an attendant. An informative display is located inside the gas station. There are three antique stores on the Perry Square.

Exhibits at the Cherokee Strip Museum in Perry are designed to portray life from the opening of the Cherokee Strip in 1893 to the 1930s. A blacksmith shop, a homestead style house, a large implement building containing early day farm tools, and an original one-room school house are part of the museum.

About 450 million years ago, a meteor about the size of a football field struck near Ames creating an astrobleme (an impact crater). The 8 mile wide astrobleme was buried under 9,000 feet of sediment and was/is barely recognizable from the surface. It remained unrecognized until 1991. Impact craters were thought unlikely sources of oil. Although oil wells had been drilled nearby, no one had attempted to reach deep into the astrobleme. Harold Hamm thought otherwise and is now a multi-billionaire. Hamm drilled a deeper than normal oil well to 10,000 feet and struck oil. Oil production reached 11 million barrels by 2006.

The small Ames Astrobleme Museum is in an open building open 24 hours a day with high-tech, all weather panels describing the crater's formation and geological significance.

Major County Historical Museum in Fairview is one of the best small town museums in Oklahoma. Although it has many types of displays, the vintage farm equipment and household artifacts is as wide ranging and complete as one can find in one location. The Sand Creek Heritage Center and Museum is adjacent to the Major County Historical Museum has two churches, a 1900s hotel, one room-school house, railroad depot with locomotive and caboose and blacksmith shop. The Fairview museum and the Heartland Museum in Weatherford are my two favorite museums.

The Marshall McCully Sod House Museum located four miles north of Cleo Springs was built in 1884. It is Oklahoma's only surviving sod house.

The Glass Mountains (also known as Gloss Mountains) are not mountains but a series of mesas and buttes. The name comes from the sparkling selenite crystals on the tops and sides of the mesas. The Gloss Mountains rise 150 to 200 feet, providing gorgeous expansive views of the Great Plains. Glass Mountain State Park has a metal staircase to reach the top of this 110 foot mesa.

ENID DAY TRIP (21 Miles):
The Cherokee Strip Heritage Center, the Railroad Museum of Oklahoma, the Midgley Museum, and Leonardo's Children Museum and Adventure are just 20 minutes away. The Railroad Museum is located in the old Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Depot.

The Humphrey Heritage Village within the Cherokee Strip Heritage Center contains the original Enid 1893 Land Office. Twenty-one thousand homestead claims were filed in this office. Other buildings include the 1896 Turkey Creek One-Room School, 1902 Episcopal Church, and 1905 Glidewell House. Turkey Creek One-Room School is restored to its original appearance and equipped as it would have been in 1910. Glidewell House is the restored home of a wealthy merchant.

Broadway Antiques is Enid's only antique store and is located one block east of the square. Broadway antiques has three stories with many booths offering a variety of selections. The third floor is mostly furniture.

Excellent dining on Enid's downtown square includes Callahan's Pub & Grill, Napoli's Italian Restaurant, Pane Vino Wine & Steak, and On the Sidewalk Bar & Grill. Other favorite restaurants of mine not on the square include Sula (Korean), Tokyo (Japanese of course but an excellent fish restaurant), and Mango Tree (Vietnamese but the owner has "Americanized" the food preparation so stress to the waiter/waitress that original Vietnamese fare is desired).

Guthrie's eclectic downtown Victorian architecture and brick streets have avoided destruction and were preserved when the state capitol was moved from Guthrie to Oklahoma City in 1910. The Guthrie Historic District is the largest urban historic district in Oklahoma. Guthrie is the equivalent of Williamsburg, Virginia. Several antique stores are located downtown. My favorite antique store is Recollections Antique Mall.

Museums in Guthrie include Oklahoma Territorial Museum, Oklahoma Frontier Drug Store, and Oklahoma Sports Museum

Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum features artifacts, written and oral historical records, and photos of northwest Oklahoma history. American Indian exhibits on site feature the Cheyenne and Arapaho Nations.

The Battle of Turkey Springs occurred in 1878 approximately 10 miles northeast of Freedom, Oklahoma. Freedom is about 35 miles northeast of Woodward. The engagement was the last known encounter between the U.S. Army Calvary and American Indians in Oklahoma.

Boiling Springs State Park received its name because its sandy bottom springs appear to be boiling because of the inrush of subsurface water. Native Americans like to camp here because of the cool springs and heavy timber of the area. Spanish explorers and pioneers also made use of the springs. Nathan Boone, son of Daniel Boone, explored the vicinity of the park in 1843. Boiling Springs State Park is located 6 miles east of Woodward.

Alabaster Caverns State Park is approximately 25 miles north of Boiling Springs State Park. The main cavern extends 3/4 of a mile. It is about 60 feet wide and 50 feet high. The cavern branches into boulder formations and smaller caves. A perennial stream flows through the cavern. In the geologic past, the stream was capable of becoming a river completely filling the cavern. Visiting Alabaster Caverns will add another 25 miles to your 96 mile day trip. If at all possible, I would put the Alabaster Caverns on your bucket list.

The Chisholm Trail Museum is named for Jesse Chisholm, son of a Scottish father and Cherokee mother. Chisholm with his friend Black Bear established the Chisholm Trail and were the first persons to drive cattle to Kansas along this route to ship to the East for better prices.

Over 5 million cattle reached Kansas over the Chisholm Trail. In 1866, cattle in Texas were worth only $4 per head compared to over $40 per head in the North and East.

Roman Nose State Park is set amidst a beautiful canyon, gypsum rock cliffs, and three natural springs. Rentals include canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, and mountain bikes. The park includes hiking trails and an 18 hole golf course.

Waynoka has a deep and very interesting history as a transportation hub for both railroad and air travel. Transcontinental Air Transport built Oklahoma's first transcontinental airport in 1912 in Waynoke at a site selected by Charles Lindberg. Transcontinental Air offered coast-to-coast travel in 48 hours and Waynoka was an important stop. At the turn of the twenty-first century, between fifty and one-hundred trains still passed daily through Waynoka on Oklahoma's fastest and busiest rail line.

It was in Waynoka that many airline passengers transferred to the railroad and railroad passengers transferred to the air line.

All that remains today from that early transportation era is the Harvey House and the old Sante Fe Railroad Depot. The Harvey House was a chain of hotels/restaurants along western USA railroads. The Waynoka Historical Society maintains a museum documenting Waynoka's historical transportation past in the Harvey House.

Fred Harvey is credited with creating the first restaurant chain in the USA. Harvey, an employee of the Burlington Railroad, became convinced of the potential profits from providing a high quality food at railroad stops. Harvey's business boomed immediately.

The company's famous waitresses became known as the Harvey girls. The popularity of the Harvey Girls grew even stronger in 1946 when Judy Garland starred in the movie "The Harvey Girls."

Little Sahara State Park is a prime example of Oklahoma's diverse terrain. The park boasts 1,600 acres of sand dunes, ranging in height from 25 to 75 feet. The dunes are remnants of prehistoric times when the Cimarron River flowed over the entire area. Dune buggy and ATV riding across the sand dunes is the main attraction.

Great Salt Plains State Park covers 840 acres but the salt plains extend over 11,000 square miles. Great Salt Plains Lake covers 9,300 acres with an average depth of four feet. Salinity is one-fourth of that of sea water. Fishing opportunities include catfish, saugeye, sand bass, and hybrid striper. An inland sea created the Salt Plains. A saline aquifer still flows beneath and replenishes the salt whenever the water table rises. The salt is left behind when the water evaporates.

Hope you had a good time at the 1921 Champlin Gas Station and Northwest Oklahoma. Enjoy your new made memories. Wishing you a safe journey home and on the road of life! Richard Simunek, Preservationist.

The Coin
By Sara Teasdale

Into my heart's treasury
I slipped a coin
That time cannot take
Nor a thief purloin,
Oh better than the minting
Of a gold-crowned King
Is the safe kept memory
Of a lovely thing.

Where you'll sleep

Living area
2 queen beds

What this place offers

Free residential garage on premises – 1 space
Pets allowed
Free washer – In unit
Free dryer – In unit
Central air conditioning
Private patio or balcony

18 nights in Hennessey

Sep 12, 2020 - Sep 30, 2020

5.0 out of 5 stars from 29 reviews


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Hennessey, Oklahoma, United States

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