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Elmwood Pit Stop & Motel

Elmwood Pit Stop & Motel

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Built: 1970's | Abandoned: 2003
Status: Burned DownDemolished
Photojournalist: AbandonedOK Team

Keith’s Korner

Keith Thomas created this business in the 1970s calling it Keith’s Korner. Later it would be passed down to his son Rusty in the late 1980s. Hours were 7 days a week Mon-Sat 7 am-10 pm and 8 am-10 pm on Sundays. Keith’s Korner and Quick Stop was the place to go for all your needs in town. Located right off of the highway it was perfect for those road tripping through the panhandle as a place to stop overnight, fuel up, or grab a bite to eat. In addition, they also auto repairman Leroy offered tire and auto repairs as well as oil changes. One of the few and far places in between to find any service you need in the Western Panhandle.

In November 1992 Keith’s Korner was used as refuge for those stranded in a heavy snowstorm in the western region. Oklahoma Highway Patrol was transporting people to churches, schools and the motel at Elmwood. People doubled up with strangers to spend the night until roads cleared up showing a true act of community support and helping a neighbor out. “We’ve probably got about 25 people here right in our motel,” said Rusty. A handful of others slept at the cafe next door and truck drivers lined the highway sleeping in their trucks. “Our population went up last night,” Thomas said. The small town of Elmwood only had 15 residents and his motel only had nine rooms. People were doubled up in rooms putting some in the game room. Strangers got to know one another and Rusty tried his best to find a place for everyone to safely rest that night.




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Michael Schwarz

Elmwood Pit Stop & Motel

Starting from a young age, I’ve always loved exploring. I can remember venturing off and scoping out the houses being built in the developing neighborhood right behind my house. As I got older, I found myself appreciating the work and love that went into architecture and just being excited to pass by the beautifully designed places in downtown.

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Michael Schwarz

Starting from a young age, I’ve always loved exploring. I can remember venturing off and scoping out the houses being built in the developing neighborhood right behind my house. As I got older, I found myself appreciating the work and love that went into architecture and just being excited to pass by the beautifully designed places in downtown.

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