Garth Brooks Itinerary
Drive into Yukon and you’ll be greeted by a soaring water tower proclaiming this small Oklahoma town as the “Home of Garth Brooks.” This is just one stop of many on this road trip that will give Garth Brooks fans the true Garth experience. While in Yukon, see the school where the country star made kolaches for the annual Czech Festival and stop in for a haircut at the same salon Garth’s mom used to frequent for a new style. Make your way to Stillwater and hit the dance floor where Garth worked as a bouncer during college. Later, snap a photo at the humble yellow house Garth called home with his first wife Sandy before traveling to the local bar where the country music superstar finally mustered the courage to play his first gig.
Stop 1: Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood's Former Oklahoma Home
This Owasso ranch was Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood’s family home before moving to Nashville in 2014. Brooks and Yearwood lived on this 2,000-acre property for many years, agreeing that they would move once their three daughters graduated from high school, which finally occurred in 2014.
Stop 2: St. John's Hospital, Garth's Birthplace
Garth was born to Raymond and Colleen Carroll Brooks on February 7, 1962 at St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa.
Stop 3: Tumbleweed Dance Hall & Concert Venue
During his time in college, Garth Brooks worked at Tumbleweed Dancehall & Concert Venue in Stillwater as a bouncer. It was at this popular nightlife spot that Garth met his first wife Sandy Mahl in the early 1980s.
Stop 4: Oklahoma State University
Garth Brooks attended OSU from 1981 to 1985. During that time, the young Brooks majored in advertising while also pursuing athletics – Garth earned a partial scholarship for javelin and ran on the track team. Brooks and his teammates would play music in the dorm’s lobby until they were kicked out for playing late at night.
Stop 5: Dupree Sports, College Workplace
In order to earn a little extra money while he pursued his degree at nearby OSU, Garth Brooks worked at Dupree Sports, a local sporting goods store. Brooks is still seen in his old Dupree Sports ball cap from time to time.
Stop 6: Willies Saloon
During college, Garth Brooks had a regular Wednesday night gig at Willie’s Saloon, a popular nightlife spot in downtown Stillwater. Often considered the venue where Brooks began his successful music career, Willies is known for its live music. Garth Brooks got his start here playing covers of Don McLean, Neil Young and Dan Fogelberg hits.
Stop 7: Garth's Former Stillwater House
Garth Brooks and his first wife, Sandy Mahl, lived in this two-story yellow house in Stillwater after they were married in the late 1980s. Today, a sign that reads “Garth Brooks Lived Here – 1987-1988” can still be viewed along the upper section of the front porch.
Stop 8: Garth Brooks Boulevard
On May 31st, 1992 the city of Yukon renamed 11th Street in honor of Garth Brooks, the city’s honorary son who spent his childhood there. Garth Brooks Boulevard runs north and south from NW 10th Street to W Main Street and remains one of the main roads through town.
Stop 9: Yukon High School
Garth Brooks graduated from Yukon High School in 1980. While the original high school has since been converted into the Yukon Public School Enrollment Center, visitors can still imagine a young Brooks roaming the halls during his teenage years. His junior year yearbook even has a picture of Garth making kolaches for the local Czech Festival in Yukon.
Stop 10: Yukon Cemetery
The Yukon Cemetery is the location of the Brooks’ family cemetery plot. This is where Garth’s parents are buried and where Garth’s future tombstone lies.
Stop 11: Jacque's Family Hair Styling
Garth Brooks fans visiting Yukon would be remiss if they didn’t stop at Jacque’s Family Hair Styling. Owned by a family friend, Garth and his mother used to get their hair cut here. Jacque Weber did Colleen Brooks’ manicures for years, while her son Mickey went to school with Garth. Striking up a lifelong friendship, Mickey eventually became Garth’s road manager. The salon once featured a wall covered in Garth photos, leading many people to call it a “shrine to Garth Brooks.” A photo of Garth remains there to this day and Jacque welcomes fans to stop in. Sit in her chair for a haircut and you just might get regaled with Garth stories.
Stop 12: Yukon Historical Society Museum
The Yukon Historical Society features a varied collection of Garth Brooks memorabilia and photos. Visitors will be able to view tour t-shirts, childhood photos of the country star from his youth in Yukon, Brooks’ high school yearbooks and much more.
Stop 13: Garth Brooks' Childhood Home
View the Yukon home where Garth spent his childhood. Colleen Carroll Brooks, Garth’s mother, said that fans often referred to their old home as the “Graceland of Yukon.” When Garth’s career was at its peak, there would be cars lined up around the block in order to catch a glimpse of the Brooks’ residence.
Stop 14: Yukon Water Tower
In 1991, Garth Brooks’ name was painted on the city water tower. A ceremony was held to honor the country megastar at the Yukon High School Auditorium and was attended by more than 1,000 people.