Hinton Junction Courts & Cafe

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Year Built: 1940 | Year Abandoned: 1960's
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Michael SchwarzEmily Cowan
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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“4 Mar 1962, 9 – Anadarko Daily News at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/631971747/?terms=hinton%2Bjunction.

“Route 66 Lost & Found.” Google Books, Google, books.google.com/books?id=okdgtKfaZGwC&pg=PA68&lpg=PA68&dq=EB%2BENZE%2BHINTON%2BJUNCTION&source=bl&ots=_sTfotPd1r&sig=ACfU3U0w_zDIWP19DsvkzkBFwVAsYKrA3g&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi69KeqpYXqAhVFJKwKHRA-CioQ6AEwAXoECAoQAQ#v=onepage&q=EB%20ENZE%20HINTON%20JUNCTION&f=false.

Sonderman, Joe. 66PostCards.Com, www.66postcards.com/postcards/ok/OK077900.html.

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Tulsa Dumpster
5 years ago

Man, what a crazy story. I'll probably share this with some of my friends. Thanks again for posting it.

Omaha Dumpster
5 years ago

DUDE! I am so excited right now after reading this! Thaaaaankkk you!

SS 304 Pipes
6 years ago

How is the place now, have the renovations been done, or the place is now the same.

310S Pipes
6 years ago

Indeed very thoughtful by the people. Thanks.

hitachi c10fch2
6 years ago

You will need to remember, though, that in the commercial associated with electric power resources, you generally receive what you cover.

8 years ago

There is a house west of this building and the people who live there would like people to ask permission before tramping on their property.

Bubba Williams
Bubba Williams
Reply to  Jean
5 years ago

I heard that you're the biggest tramp in town Jean!

Jim McCain
Jim McCain
12 years ago

This was actually named Hinton Junction. It is at the intersection of Ok State Hwy 281 and Route 66. My dad worked there when I was a small child and I remember he always brought us a Milky Way bar on Saturday nights after work. Later, when he drove a milk truck and I would run the route with him, he would stop here for coffee. We sat at the counter and on the shelf were many different kinds of canned soup. For some reason I never understood, I always asked for oyster stew and he never, ever let me… Read more »

Reply to  Jim McCain
5 years ago

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12 years ago

Ha! thats awesome! I love that old propane truck.

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