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The Beacon Drive-In Featured on Saturday's Discover Oklahoma
By Oklahoma Tourism Staff
The August 3rd episode of AAA’s Discover Oklahoma features visits to the Beacon Drive-In in Guthrie, Hot Rod’s Store in Tulsa, Wayne’s Drive Inn in Lawton, the Abernathy Boys in Frederick and Dewey’s Tom Mix Museum.
AAA’s Discover Oklahoma airs Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. CT on KOTV-6 in Tulsa, KWTV-9 in Oklahoma City and KSWO-7 in Lawton. The show can also been seen Saturdays at 6 p.m. CT on KXII in Sherman/Denison, Texas and KCTU in Wichita, Kan.
THE BEACON DRIVE-IN
The Beacon Drive-In has been a family entertainment staple since 1950. It has been operated continuously in Guthrie by the Powell family for half a century; handed down through three generations. Screening single features each night; with traditional Drive-in speakers and a local vicinity FM radio broadcast for soundtracks.
HOT ROD’S STORE
Hot Rod’s has a variety of vintage items from the 30s to the 50s. This mini-storage is unlike any other. The remodeled office now a replica of an old gas station and houses all the gas pumps, signs, jukeboxes, and cars he has restored…and hey, they even have t-shirts! This is a nostalgia lover’s Mecca, located close to Route 66 in Broken Arrow.
WAYNE’S DRIVE INN
Wayne’s Drive Inn is committed to providing customers with quality food and service with a positive attitude while building healthy relationships with customers, employees, and suppliers. Wayne Abshere has served Oklahomans and Fort Sill since 1950 and is still going strong. Enjoy homemade steak fingers, foot long hot dogs, onion rings, sissy burgers, and cool down with a cherry or vanilla beverage. Abshere's eventually sold the business to his sons, Bob and Chuck.
Bud and Temple Abernathy became national celebrities at age 6 and 10 when they rode alone by horseback from Frederick to Washington, DC then to New York City, returning to Oklahoma in a Brush Automobile. On Saturday, April 22, 2006, the town of Frederick, Oklahoma, dedicated a life size bronze of these amazing little Long Riders. Visitors can see the statue on the Tillman County Courthouse Square, and see the Pioneer Town site Museum Exhibit which includes an original 1910 Brush Automobile.
TOM MIX MUSEUM
Tom Mix, the first cowboy mega movie star. He was a bartender in Guthrie, a laborer at the Dewey Portland Cement Plant, a drummer in the Territorial Calvary Band, a ranch hand on the 101 Ranch, a performer in the 101 Wild West Show and a night marshal in Dewey. Tom then went on to make 236 silent-black and white movies for the Selig Polyscope Company, 85 for Fox Studios and even worked for the FBO (Film Booking Office) studios, which was owned by Joseph P. Kennedy, father of future President John Kennedy.