Howard Johnson's on
The Will Rogers Turnpike
*Also operated as Interstate Restaurants



The Will Rogers Turnpike
Claremore Concession
Will Rogers opened to travelers on June 28, 1957, and featured three Service/Travel Plazas or Concessions.
Photographs 1992: Courtesy of Scott Sargent

Postcard circa 1960s
The Will Rogers Turnpike
Vinita Concession
An elaborate structure, the Vinita concession spanned the Will Rogers Turnpike at the midway point between Tulsa and Joplin. Initially the modernistic building housed an Interstate Glass House Restaurant, cafeteria, and gift shop. The unique over-the-turnpike facility did not become a Howard Johnson's until the middle 1970s.  

More about over-the-road Service Plazas can be found here:

Here is a shot of Vinita wearing the Golden Arches of McDonald's

Postcard of Vinita Concession postmarked July 24, 1964