Leon and Ann Little of Hinton were two entrepreneurs who realized the traffic of Route 66 and took advantage of it. In 1940, Leon and Ann were working on building their third service station in the area. Shortly after the completion of their third station Leon was drafted and was given 6 months to make arrangements leaving him with the only option of leasing the Little’s Gas Station and Cafe. EB Enze was the man who he leased it to and in a clever business move shut down the Little’s Station and building his own nearby, this would become Hinton Junction Courts & Cafe. It would consist of a curios shop, cafe, and 24-hour service station, and a five-room motel in a building at the back of the property. Waitresses would get pay and tips, and were sometimes offered room and board in the motel as well as the cooks.
Throughout the 50’s it was owned by Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Johnson up until its closing in the 1960’s due to the Interstate 40 being built and taking away travelers from Route 66. In an Anadarko Daily Newspaper dated March 04, 1962, the Hinton Junction went up for sale to the highest bidder. This included the service station, cafe, tourist court and five-roomed motel, the buyer of this once bustling business would be required to pay 20% of the purchasing price on day of sale to be put in escrow.
Article by AOK Photojournalist Emily Cowan.
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