Andy Payne Statue

State Hwy 66
Foyil, OK 74031
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Andy Payne Statue

Address:
State Hwy 66
Foyil, OK 74031
Phone:
918-342-9525

In 1928, Foyil native Andy Payne won the Great Transcontinental Footrace, a 3,400-mile race from Los Angeles to New York City that followed much of the path of then-new Route 66. Nicknamed the Bunion Derby, the race took 84 days — at least for the 55 runners who actually finished. The then-20-year-old Payne, a member of the Cherokee tribe, returned to Oklahoma with his $25,000 prize money. He later served for decades as clerk of the Oklahoma Supreme Court. His hometown honors Payne with a statue that sits just east of the highway on the south side of town.

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