Enjoy a fun tour of my small hometown, Pawhuska, Oklahoma!  A charming town in the heart of Oklahoma. Home to The Pioneer Woman and the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve.

*This was written about Pawhuska many years before The Pioneer Woman Mercantile and the closing of Sally’s Cafe. Enjoy!

In October of 2008, I went back to my small hometown in Oklahoma, where many generations of my family have grown up. We go way back in this little town on the prairie!

Pawhuska, Oklahoma Small Town Tour with Amy Locurto

For those who may not know, Pawhuska is where Ree, the The Pioneer Woman, goes when she heads to “town”. You’ve seen her photos of the prairie, so I thought it would be fun to show you a bit of the city life. So put on your boots and let’s go to town ya’ll!

With a total of about 3,500 people, you can see how bad the traffic jams can get. I did get stuck behind a blue haired lady who kept stopping and going again. This caused my trip to town to take an entire five minutes instead of two!! The nerve of some people! hee:-)

Pawhuska, Oklahoma Small Town Tour with Amy Locurto

My friend, Pete Lacker, shot this photo for a musician’s CD cover. You can see how wild it gets a night.

Oklahoma Small Town Tour

One thing for sure about a small town is you usually know everyone and some are even related. Meet one of my cousins, Phillip. Don’t you just love his style?

Pawhuska, Oklahoma Small Town Tour

We saw Cousin Phillip on our trip to the best hamburger joint in town, Sally’s Cafe.

Pawhuska, Oklahoma Small Town Tour | Sally's Cafe

Sally’s has been around forever and my hometown favorite!

It’s hard to find places like this anymore, so when going home to Pawhuska, we make a point to visit as much as we can!

Pawhuska, Oklahoma Small Town Tour | Sally's Cafe

There is not much room inside of Sally’s, but my kids got the best spot… right in front of the grill! They had a ball sitting at the bar. Very different from the bars in Dallas! I think the five customers enjoyed having them there too:-)

Oklahoma Small Town Tour

This is what I miss most about small towns…

Pawhuska, Oklahoma Small Town Tour | Sally's Cafe Chocolate Pie

Oh yeah, look at that homemade chocolate pie! yum!

Pawhuska, Oklahoma Small Town Tour | Sally's Cafe Chocolate Pie

Of course my mom had to show off her cute grandkids at work.

Oklahoma Small Town Tour

My son had fun playing mayor and eating M & M’s from the candy machine.

Oklahoma Small Town Tour

Here’s the house where I grew up and where mom still lives. See the tree in the top right corner? I have a photo of all the neighborhood girls wearing prom dresses next to that tree and it was shorter than us. Wish I had that photo, but it’s in this house you’re looking at now.

The kids got to pick veggies in Grandma’s garden.

Oklahoma Small Town Tour

Then it was time to get in our costumes and go to Halloween night at the Kiddie Park!

Oklahoma Small Town Tour

The Kiddie Park is in a nearby town and has probably been around as long as I have!

    

All rides are only $.25 each!

Oklahoma Small Town Tour

Lots of really old rides that go VERY fast. My kids love it!

    

One of the man clowns made my 80 year old Grandma a balloon way too nasty to put on my blog. Can you guess what it was? I don’t think I’ve seen her blush like that in a long time! ha. Here’s a hint, it looked like a mini sword. I really couldn’t look at my son’s sword the same way all night:-)

Oklahoma Small Town Tour

This is my son’s attempt at taking the four generations of women photo. See what happens when you’re five year’s old and have been eating sweets at Grandma’s house all weekend!

Oklahoma Small Town Tour

I took advantage of the letting Grandma babysit and escaped to my alma matter, Oklahoma State University, for some homecoming fun. It was great to be without children for a day and see old girlfriends!

    

Hope you enjoyed a quick tour of Pawhuska!

Thanks mom, Aunt Tricia and Grandma for making our trip so much fun. We hope to come back again real soon.

See more of my hometown here!

Originally published on November 10, 2008. Last Updated on March 13, 2017 by Amy Locurto

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  1. I am wondering exactly which small town this is. I am thinking it is probably somewhere near Stillwater, but I’m not sure. I would love to take my nieces to the kiddie park. I am from Washington, OK, which at the time I grew up (outside of town) was really small. In the 1920’s, they actually had a movie theater and a bank, but those burned down and were never rebuilt. When I grew up, we had a drug store (my grandparents owned it), a hardware store, two cafes, a gas station, and a feed store. There were 151 kids from Kindergarten through 12th grade when I was a Senior in 1979. Now the school is much bigger, as is the town, but there is only a convenience store and a bakery/cafe. They did score a four-way stop, though. 😉

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