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Lucille's Hamon's CourtRoute 66 (I-40 Exit 88), Hydro, OK
The historic and wonderfully photogenic station was built by Carl Ditmore and opened in 1929 and was known as the Ditmore Station. The station is located on old Route 66, about a half-mile west of the SH 58/I-40 junction, west of Hydro. (Intersection of Route 66 and S. Colman Ave). At this point Route 66 is the north frontage road for I-40.
The station was sold to W.O. and Ida Waldroup in 1934 after which they changed the name to the Provine Service Station and soon added a small 5 room motel at the back of the property just east of the station. Lucille and Carl Hamons bought the property in 1941 and renamed it the Hamon's Court. The station stayed in operation until 2000 but the motel closed in 1962 when the I-40 freeway opened and diverted most of the traffic off the old road. Unfortunately the motel building seen in this photo has been torn down and a new office building has taken it's place on the site.
From 1929 to 1971 they sold Phillips 66 gas, swithching to Conoco after the freeway opened. A 2006 restoration included adding a pair of vintage Phillips 66 gasoline pumps on the original pump island.
In 1974 the original Hamon's Court sign blew down and the business was renamed Lucille's. The old sign was moved and hung on the front of the closed motel building for years before becoming part of a large Route 66 display at Smithsonian Institute.
A Will Rogers Hwy Marker.is located right next to Lucille's. Besides a brief history of the station the marker is inscribed with the following quote from Will Rogers.
"What constitutes a life well spent?
Lucille's was added to the National Register Historic of Places in 1997 under the name Provine Station.
Photo(s): 2012 - 2015