Friday, June 12, 2009

" Ida Louisiana, Detroit Texas & The Indian Nations of Oklahoma"

In order to get from South Mississippi to son Todd's home in Stillwater, Oklahoma
we took the shortest route which entails doing one of my favorite things, traveling
the back roads of the South. It is on the back roads you encounter the real South!
On a two lane road in Ida, Louisiana, we found this wonderful Old General Store.
Carroway's, established in 1928, full of treasure..................






The old fashioned Barber Shop had both an outside and inside entrance





It also had a huge restaurant inside with this mural on the wall



When I saw this old clock...I thought of you Willow !




I met two famous European Composers on the shelf..............






This Dude looked right at home in Louisiana............




The storefront window had been turned into my dream kitchen..








Imagine my surprise when I entered the restroom!








For all you Blondes.......your own Chili Mix !








A Wassail Mix too...What the Dixie is Wassail?










If we'd been in Hubby's F-150....this would have been mine!











I nearly bought this picture of the Harley Davidson Girls...

Do Ya think they were sista's.................maybe twins?










This handsome couple is still on display...............
Sad that it's not on a descendants wall.....











I did buy this picture, for my Dad's Father's Day present.
It is a collage of Louisiana Hayride Pictures, and of my Dad's friend's,
including Elvis and his guys on stage!











I'm not sure if this was the store in it's beginning or another old
store, but I love it.....








This old service station was across the street...remember ESSO ?
I'm telling my age now....I'm a great-gran, that pretty much tells all!







I could have stayed there all day but it was time to get on down
the two lane back road toward Texas..............
Beautiful Corn fields on both sides stretching as far as the eye could see








Hay fields fresh mown and rolled.................







Pecan Orchards..................








This field of Hay smelled so good...........................









And then.......we came to Detroit, Texas...............
This row of old buildings was pretty much it...
They really were eye catchers so I took pics...
I'm sure this WAS the town in days gone by...

On the left................









On the right.................an Art Gallery






In the middle....a sewing center...............SEW MANY MEMORIES
Don't you love that name?





The Oklahoma line and the Indian Nation Turnpike..............
Miles of beautiful mountains,hills and fields..........


I-AM-TULSA...........these are for you Sweetie!





Occasionally..........a farm in view...........






It also has three toll booths.........you have to pay to get on or off







Every few miles you see a sign telling you which Nation you enter.
I remember....Choctaw, Crow, Cherokee,and a few I can neither say or spell!
We also crossed the North Canadian River three times on this turnpike!
Then it was Sunset at Shawnee Oklahoma.................






My camera didn't come close to capturing how gorgeous the
sunset really was. I don't recall ever seeing one so perfect!
There was a full moon that night, this may have had an effect.




We stopped in Shawnee for supper and saw these guys.......
I assume they were on thier way to a new home!





Thank you all for the wonderful comments on the previous post!I am really proud of my family and love showing them off........

20 comments:

Craig Glenn said...

What an awesome adventure. I love the old photo's!

Craig Glenn
http://craigsobservations.blogspot.com

Carolyn said...

Now I have the urge to go on a road trip.

Vicki Lane said...

What a nice trips! The backroads are always the most fun!

NCmountainwoman said...

Yes, the back roads always give us a real taste of the culture. I just loved the store with its old photographs. Great post.

crochet lady said...

Carol,
I love reading your posts cause you always bring your readers along on your traveling jaunts.

Small towns and old stores are just the best. The kitchen stove looks to be in great condition. I've always wanted an old stove.

Great photos.
Jen

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

Craig...thanks, I love old photos,
old general stores and old cemeteries.......

Carolyn....I told Hubby I was never going Interstate again!
He just groaned!

Vicki......I would have stopped at a dozen other great places I saw but Hubby's not as "nosey" as me! HA!

NC Woman....NC backroads are really awesome!

Jen...thank you! I love showing off the south to all you blog buddies!

I_am_Tulsa said...

Ooooooh, thank you soooo much! I have to leave for work, in like 5 minutes, but I just had to look at your pictures...and wow, I am so thrilled! I picture myself running around in the field and falling down laughing!

Thank you for this trip to my birthplace!
all the best,

p.s. I'll be back!

Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh my goodness ... my 100th follower! Welcome and THANKS! I'm signing on as a follower of yours, too -- I want to see where you go with that book you are writing!

Wonderful pictures of your trip to visit your son and family, but I have to say that the Northern Canada River seems to have gone walkabout and wandered a bit far from home!

We are taking a short (5 hour roundtrip) jaunt to Pennsylvania tomorrow, to pick up an old magazine rack I got on Ebay. Not nearly so exciting! thanks for visiting; I am so happy you are my 100th follower!

Cass

Renie Burghardt said...

You know, Carol, you should be a travel writer! You do such a great job of describing the scenery, and the flavor of the areas you visit. And you photos are always wonderful. And yes, back roads are always the best, to nsee the heart of an area. Too bad you didn't come and experience the back roads of the Ozarks, you would have loved them.

Have a happy weekend!

Hugs,

Renie xox

Pastor Sharon said...

Carol,
Those pictures are a treasure! I especially loved the OLD STORE picture with the guys on the front porch.
When I was little, 1970's in Alabama, we actually had a couple of those on the Courthouse square!

Wassaile is the most amazing spice drink. If you drink it like hot cider, it will bring an aire of Christmas into your bones and your home! We have it at Christmas time here. . . one of my Southern traditions.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

We love to travel the backroads also, Carol. The trip is so much more interesting. Ida, Louisiana sounds like a unique place. I love old clocks. I'm sure I would have bought that one.

AND--I remember ESSO.....Remember Gulf????

Thanks for taking us with you.
Hugs,
Betsy

Greentwinsmummy said...

Wassailing is still done here :o) Its associated with bringing fertility to crops(maybe humans too lol) usually done in an cider apple orchard,people gather round & bread or toast dunked in cider or ale is speared on the tree branches.sometimes theres someone with a shotgun who shoots up into the tree to shoot out bad spirits.

I love the photos of the old towns,I suppose they are in a way like our little village stores,some hang on in there by the skin of their teeth.We need to use them,if they go we lose so much :o(
The name Sew Many Memories is BRILLIANT!!
& hey did your dad know Elvis??! or have I read that wrong lol!
GTM x x x x

willow said...

You're right, Carol! I love that clock! Fun trip. I enjoyed all your reunion pics on your previous, post, too. You have a beautiful family!

Anna said...

What a great photostory! Thank you. I'm very glad I came across your blog.

Willow's great, isn't she?

Cindy said...

Hi, I'm new here. I love all your travel photos. Sounds like a great trip. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope you'll visit again.

Until next time,
Cindy

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

I just love looking at these pictures of these old towns. It's unbelievable how many still exist. I remember Esso!
The names of some of the shops in the south are really clever. A particular favorite of mine is a beauty salon my husband told me about that was called, 'Curl up and Dye'!
Loved this post!

Thanks for your loving comment, Carol. You southern gals know just the right things to say!

Catherine

Glynis said...

What a lovely trip you took us on, thanks!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Shoot, I'm born and bred in Louisiana and have never heard of Ida. That store looks fab! Cool trip, you Road Runner. :)

Traci said...

I love the lamb pic...that would be what our truck looks like so often...but usually it has goats in it. My husband is an Ag teacher....so we live it. Was neat to see that you traveled through Oklahoma....

Love the blog!!!

Barney said...

Detroit TX is my hometown, although I do not live there now.
You should have stopped and browsed the Ms Signors Art Gallery. It was full of antiques and nick-nacks. She has passed now. I am not sure what is in those stores now.
Enjoyed seeing the pictures. I remember as a kid, standing on those steps and watch parades go by!