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'''Shawnee''' is in the [[Frontier Country (Oklahoma)|Frontier Country]] region of [[Oklahoma]].
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'''Shawnee''' is in the [[Frontier Country]] region of [[Oklahoma]].
  
 
While normally not on the sight-seeing itinerary of those who do not know someone already living there, Shawnee could prove to be an interesting day trip.
 
While normally not on the sight-seeing itinerary of those who do not know someone already living there, Shawnee could prove to be an interesting day trip.
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==Get in==
 
==Get in==
===By Car===
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===By car===
 
Practically the only method of getting in or out of Shawnee is on the highway. Taxi cabs can be hired by calling a taxi service to have them pick you up, although doing so from another city could prove expensive.
 
Practically the only method of getting in or out of Shawnee is on the highway. Taxi cabs can be hired by calling a taxi service to have them pick you up, although doing so from another city could prove expensive.
  
There are no rental car agencies in Shawnee or at Shawnee Airport, so car rentals must be made before hand. Many times this is done at Will Rogers World Airport in [[Oklahoma City]].
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There is an Enterprise rent a car in Shawnee and Shawnee Airport, so car rentals must be made before hand. Many times this is done at Will Rogers World Airport in [[Oklahoma City]].
  
 
Most traffic enters and exits Shawnee via '''Interstate Highway I-40''', although '''State Highway 3''' and '''US Highway 177''' pass through Shawnee as well.
 
Most traffic enters and exits Shawnee via '''Interstate Highway I-40''', although '''State Highway 3''' and '''US Highway 177''' pass through Shawnee as well.
  
===By Bus===
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===By bus===
 
'''Greyhound''' buses make daily stops in front of the American Colony motel on the far north side of Shawnee.
 
'''Greyhound''' buses make daily stops in front of the American Colony motel on the far north side of Shawnee.
  
 
From there you will have to either call a taxi or arrange another form of pickup.  
 
From there you will have to either call a taxi or arrange another form of pickup.  
===By Train===
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===By train===
 
Originally established as a railroad hub, Shawnee still has many infrequently used rail tracks. While logistically difficult as well as illegal, it could be feasible to stow aboard a freight car inbound to Shawnee. Not recommended.
 
Originally established as a railroad hub, Shawnee still has many infrequently used rail tracks. While logistically difficult as well as illegal, it could be feasible to stow aboard a freight car inbound to Shawnee. Not recommended.
  
===By Plane===
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===By plane===
Chartered flights can be aquired to fly you in to Shawnee airport, most likely originating from [[Oklahoma City]] or [[Tulsa]]. There are no commercial flight charter services based in Shawnee, so arrangments for your eventual pickup would have to be made as well.
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Chartered flights can be acquired to fly you in to Shawnee airport, most likely originating from [[Oklahoma City]] or [[Tulsa]]. There are no commercial flight charter services based in Shawnee, so arrangements for your eventual pickup would have to be made as well.
  
 
===On Foot===
 
===On Foot===
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==See==
 
==See==
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* <see name="Heart of Oklahoma Shawnee Expo Center" alt="fairgrounds and outdoor arena" address="1700 W. Independence" directions="" phone="(405) 275-7020" url="http://www.shawneeexpo.org/" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></see>
  
===Historical Places of Interest===
 
*'''Downtown Shawnee''' see section below
 
 
*'''Log Cabin'''- 19th century log cabin built by early settlers. Has been moved from original location. Partially demolished.
 
*'''Log Cabin'''- 19th century log cabin built by early settlers. Has been moved from original location. Partially demolished.
*'''Burial Plot of Brewster Higley'''- The now deceased author of the western epic "Home on the Range" has his final resting place in Fairview Cemetary located next to McDonalds on Harrison Street. 1500 North Center Avenue, (405) 878-1529
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*'''Burial Plot of Brewster Higley''', 1500 North Center Avenue, (405) 878-1529. The now deceased author of the western epic "Home on the Range" has his final resting place in Fairview Cemetery located next to McDonalds on Harrison Street.  
  
==Downtown Shawnee==
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*'''Downtown Shawnee''' Many old buildings from Shawnee's early years still remain, although most have changed facade and/or fallen into disrepair. Shawnee Downtown Renewal [http://www.downtownshawnee.com]
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====Notable Downtown Shawnee Buildings:====
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*'''Aldrige Hotel''', 20 East 9th Street, (405) 275-9500 (Apartments), (405) 273-3030 (Barber Shop). Once renowned hotel tower that has been internally restored by federal funding as housing for the indigent elderly.
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*'''Round House [http://www.round-house.com] Building'''- Three story manufacturing site of Round House bib overalls for over 80 years. (Business moved outside city limits in 1995 when city code enforcement precluded expansion.) Round House slogan still visible on side of building.
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*'''Santa Fe Depot''', East Main St., (405) 275-8412. Old railroad station turned museum. Has working railroad tracks.
  
Many old buildings from Shawnee's early years still remain, although most have changed facade and/or fallen into disrepair.
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In recent years, Shawnee has spent over a million dollars revitalizing a three block section of '''Bell Street''', one of Shawnee's oldest roads and site of the Aldrige Hotel and former Round House Building.
 
 
 
 
[http://www.downtownshawnee.com Shawnee Downtown Renewal Website]
 
 
 
 
 
===Notable Downtown Shawnee Buildings:===
 
*'''Aldrige Hotel'''- Once renowned hotel tower that has been internally restored by federal funding as housing for the indigent elderly. 20 East 9th Street, (405) 275-9500 (Apartments), (405) 273-3030 (Barber Shop)
 
*'''[http://www.round-house.com Round House®] Building'''- Three story manufacturing site of Round House® bib overalls for over 80 years. (Business moved outside city limits in 1995 when city code enforcement precluded expansion.) Round House® slogan still visible on side of building.
 
*'''Sante Fe Depot'''- Old railroad station turned museum. Has working railroad tracks. East Main St., (405) 275-8412
 
*'''Immanuel Baptist Church'''- Towering stone and brick sanctuary built ca. 1917. 1101 East Main Street, (405) 275-7729, '''Singles Ministry''': 1125 East Main Street, (405) 273-2248
 
 
 
In recent years, Shawnee has spent over a million dollars "revitalizing" a three block section of '''Bell Street''', one of Shawnee's oldest roads and site of the Aldrige Hotel and former Round House® Building.
 
 
 
'''Visitable improvements consist of:'''
 
*'''Replaced brick in the road'''
 
*'''Three jumbo sized potted plants which also serve to narrow the road'''
 
*'''Vintage stoplight'''(s)
 
*'''Small group of plantings in front of Municipal Auditorium'''
 
*'''Vintage standing clock''' (donated)
 
Note: This use of funds has proved controversial.
 
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
*'''Cinema Center 8''' movie theater, 3031 North Harrison, (405) 275-7511 [http://yellowpages.superpages.com/profile~SRC_comwp~N_cinema+center~STYPE_S~T_Shawnee~S_OK~Z_~CID_99999999990~LID_LPlVrqG8zJhAa55mT16OwA%3D%3D~lbp_1.htm Business profile], [http://www.jonestheatres.com Jones Theaters Website]
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*'''Cinema Center 8''' movie theater, 3031 North Harrison, (405) 275-7511, Jones Theaters [http://www.jonestheatres.com]
*'''Hornbeck and Penthouse''' movie theater (Still commonly, and now incorrectly, referred to as the "Dollar Movie", despite a recent price increase to $1.50), 125 North Bell Avenue, (405) 275-0963, (405) 275-0964 (Office), [http://yellowpages.superpages.com/profile~SRC_comwp~N_hornbeck~STYPE_S~T_Shawnee~S_OK~Z_~CID_99999999990~LID_Uvq9j9oH55j8L4OAQyOFrA%3D%3D.htm Business profile]
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*'''Hornbeck and Penthouse''' movie theater (Still commonly, and now incorrectly, referred to as the "Dollar Movie", despite a recent price increase to $1.50), 125 North Bell Avenue, (405) 275-0963, (405) 275-0964 (Office)
*'''Mabee-Gerrer Museum and Art Gallery''', 1900 West Macarthur, (405) 878-5300 [http://yellowpages.superpages.com/profile~SRC_comwp~N_museum~STYPE_S~T_Shawnee~S_OK~Z_~CID_99999999990~LID_bJAYLCGueeofCyul7uAqCw%3D%3D.htm Business profile]
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* <see name="Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art" alt="" address="1900 W MacArthur Drive" directions="" phone="(405) 878-5300" url="http://www.mgmoa.org/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected].org" fax=""></see>
*'''Movies 6''' (''located at Shawnee Mall''), 4901 North Kickapoo, (405) 275-6666  
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*'''Movies 6''' ( Recently bought and renovated by Jones Theatres and reopened in the spring of 2010. It is now equal to the Cinema Center 8 in quality and price.)  (''located at Shawnee Mall''), 4901 North Kickapoo, (405) 275-6666  
 
*'''Noah's Ark Petting Zoo'''
 
*'''Noah's Ark Petting Zoo'''
 
*'''Oklahoma Baptist University Sporting Events'''
 
*'''Oklahoma Baptist University Sporting Events'''
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*'''Shawnee Airport Jogging Trail''' 4-mile track built in mid 1990's courtesy federal grant, 2202 Airport Drive, (405) 878-1625 (Airport Manager)
 
*'''Shawnee Airport Jogging Trail''' 4-mile track built in mid 1990's courtesy federal grant, 2202 Airport Drive, (405) 878-1625 (Airport Manager)
 
*'''Shawnee Bowl Family Fun Center''' (formerly Tri-County-Bowl; colloquially "Ghetto Bowl" although recent facility upgrades may have rendered this pejorative a misnomer), 701 North Harrison Street, (405) 275-4064  
 
*'''Shawnee Bowl Family Fun Center''' (formerly Tri-County-Bowl; colloquially "Ghetto Bowl" although recent facility upgrades may have rendered this pejorative a misnomer), 701 North Harrison Street, (405) 275-4064  
*'''Shawnee Little Theater''', 1829 Airport Drive, (405) 275-2805, [http://www.shawneelittletheater.com Theater Website]  
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*'''Shawnee Little Theater''', 1829 Airport Drive, (405) 275-2805, Theater [http://www.shawneelittletheater.com]  
 
*'''Shawnee Public Library''', 101 North Philadelphia Avenue, (405) 275-6353, (405) 273-3334 (Administrative Services)  
 
*'''Shawnee Public Library''', 101 North Philadelphia Avenue, (405) 275-6353, (405) 273-3334 (Administrative Services)  
 
*'''St. Gregory's University Sporting Events''', 1900 West Macarthur, (405) 878-5100  
 
*'''St. Gregory's University Sporting Events''', 1900 West Macarthur, (405) 878-5100  
 
*'''Star Skate''' Roller skating rink, 37303 45th Street, (405) 273-2030  
 
*'''Star Skate''' Roller skating rink, 37303 45th Street, (405) 273-2030  
*'''Veterans of Foregin Wars (VFW) Headquaters''' Weekend concerts and annual Super Bowl parties, 811 East Macarthur Street, (405) 273-7098
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*'''Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Headquarters''' Weekend concerts and annual Super Bowl parties, 811 East Macarthur Street, (405) 273-7098
*'''Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA)''' Gyms, fitness facillities, youth sports, Saratoga & Hornet Street, (405) 273-4386, [http://yellowpages.superpages.com/profile~SRC_comwp~N_ymca~STYPE_S~T_Shawnee~S_OK~Z_~CID_99999999990~LID_uYeIeylgER9GuaVWBNwd8Q%3D%3D.htm Business profile], [http://www.shawneeymca.org Shawnee YMCA Website]
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*'''Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA)''' Gyms, fitness facilities, youth sports, Saratoga & Hornet Street, (405) 273-4386, Shawnee YMCA [http://www.shawneeymca.org]
  
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===Golfing===
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*'''Shawnee Golf and Country Club''' (Collared shirt and appropriate golf attire required)
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18 hole course, Pro Store, and Club House dining available. 2501 Augusta, Shawnee, OK, (405) 273-4076 , Golf Shop (405) 273-2764, Greens Keeper (405) 273-0784, Office- 2300 East Highland (405) 273-1763
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*'''Fire Lake Golf Course'''
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18 hole course; usually considered to Shawnee's budget golfing: "Golfing for the price of a gordita", Miniature Golf located nearby. 1901 South Gordon Cooper Drive, (405) 275-4471
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*'''The Elk's Golf Course'''
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Driving range and batting cages also available. Shawnee Lodge 657, (405) 275-1060
  
 
===Public Parks===
 
===Public Parks===
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(Exceptions noted below)
 
(Exceptions noted below)
  
*'''KidSpace''' children's outdoor play equipment (adult supervision strongly reccomended)
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*'''KidSpace''' children's outdoor play equipment (adult supervision strongly recommended)
 
*'''Lions Club Park''' (has baseball field)
 
*'''Lions Club Park''' (has baseball field)
 
*'''Briscoe Rotary Boy Scout Park''' (lighted public tennis courts, great place for pick-up style basketball games) ('''not recommended after dark''')
 
*'''Briscoe Rotary Boy Scout Park''' (lighted public tennis courts, great place for pick-up style basketball games) ('''not recommended after dark''')
 
*'''Weigant Park''' aka "Slide Park" ('''not recommended after dark''')
 
*'''Weigant Park''' aka "Slide Park" ('''not recommended after dark''')
 
*'''Woodland Park''' (public swimming pool available in Summer months) (lighted public tennis courts)
 
*'''Woodland Park''' (public swimming pool available in Summer months) (lighted public tennis courts)
 
==="Cruising the Poo"===
 
a.k.a. ''"Croozing the Poo"''
 
 
This is one of the most common entertainment venues for tourists, and a local tradition that has been going on for more than 50 years, is known to residents as "Cruising the Poo". (Note: "Poo" is short for Shawnee's Kickapoo Street.)
 
 
Those wishing to "Cruise the Poo" generally enter Shawnee in groups leaving their home town via car, or more often, pickup truck. Once in Shawnee, these "Poo Cruiser" park in front of local businesses that are closed for the evening- generally in the mid to north side of Kickapoo Street.
 
 
Once there, a Poo Cruiser will meet and interact with visitors from other towns who have parked close by, although it is common for groups from the same town to merely interact amongst themselves and/or passing cars of other Poo Cruisers or Shawnee locals.
 
 
Unfortunately, underage drinking is known to occur, sometimes accompanied by drunken arguments and fisticuffs. Whether instigated by members of another group of Poo Cruisers, or by Shawnee locals passing by (who have been known to make derogatory and/or offensive comments toward Poo Cruisers), these activities are swiftly and handily halted by local police on neighborhood patrol.
 
 
Pooh Cruising activities mainly start around sundown on Friday and Saturday nights.
 
 
'''Note: While participants of "Poo Cruising" are generally youth from nearby communitiies, Cruising the Poo is always open to the general public, and many Shawnee locals get involved as well.'''
 
  
 
===Shawnee's Twin Lakes===
 
===Shawnee's Twin Lakes===
 
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Shawnee's Twin Lakes offer enjoyable avocation and adventure to anyone who likes to experience the outdoors and water related leisure.
 
Shawnee's Twin Lakes offer enjoyable avocation and adventure to anyone who likes to experience the outdoors and water related leisure.
  
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'''(Note: Due to pervasive droughts and low water levels, Shawnee Twin Lakes are often closed during the summer)'''
 
'''(Note: Due to pervasive droughts and low water levels, Shawnee Twin Lakes are often closed during the summer)'''
  
===Golfing===
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===Casinos===
 
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In recent years, Shawnee has been surrounded by gaming establishments who advertise to be "just like Vegas". For smokers, these establishments offer the convenience of having their own smoke shops, which are not subject to local tobacco tax statutes.
*'''Shawnee Golf and Country Club''' (Collared shirt and appropriate golf attire required)
 
18 hole course, Pro Store, and Club House dining available. 2501 Augusta, Shawnee, OK, (405) 273-4076 , Golf Shop (405) 273-2764, Greens Keeper (405) 273-0784, Office- 2300 East Highland (405) 273-1763
 
 
 
*'''Fire Lake Golf Course'''
 
18 hole course; usually considered to Shawnee's budget golfing: "Golfing for the price of a gordita", Minature Golf located nearby. 1901 South Gordon Cooper Drive, (405) 275-4471, [http://yellowpages.superpages.com/profile~SRC_comwp~C_golf~OO_1~STYPE_S~T_Shawnee~S_OK~Z_~CP_Sports+%26+Recreation%5EOutdoor+Sports+%26+Recreation%5EGolf%5ECourses%5EPublic%5E~CID_493465~LID_tNFrVXmWHXbqdRHaVqh8bw%3D%3D.htm Business profile]
 
 
 
*'''The Elk's Golf Course'''
 
Driving range and batting cages also available. Shawnee Lodge 657, (405) 275-1060, [http://yellowpages.superpages.com/profile~SRC_comwp~C_elk%27s+golf~STYPE_S~T_Shawnee~S_OK~Z_~CID_494681~LID_Y4pj2ERzRM8iHlbwequQkg%3D%3D.htm Business profile]
 
 
 
===Organizations===
 
 
 
For a town of close to 30,000, Shawnee offers more than its share of civic, intellectually-exclusive, and intellectually-lacking organizations:
 
 
 
*'''The American Legion''', 522 Saratoga Street, (405) 275-1706
 
*'''Bridge Club''' (2)
 
*'''The Ex-Cody Burger Fan Club''' a group once devoted to a minor child actor. [http://codyburger.tripod.com]
 
*'''Kiwanis Club''' Sponsors of annual Little Olympics competition for local 4th-6th graders.
 
*'''Knights of Columbus'''
 
*'''Nathanial Hawthorne Society'''
 
*'''Optimist Club'''
 
*'''Rotary Club''' Tuesday meeting, Golden Corral; Annual Lobster and Grapfruit sales.
 
*'''Salvation Army - Boys and Girls Club''', 200 East 9th Street, (405) 273-1470
 
*'''Shakespeare Club'''
 
*'''Shawnee Country Club''', 2501 Augusta, (405) 273-4076, (405) 273-2764 (Golf Shop), (405) 273-0784 (Greens Keeper), (405) 273-1763 (Office)
 
*'''Toast Masters''' Devoted to the improvement of public speaking and business related acumen.
 
 
 
  
'''Note: it is currently debated as to whether or not the Shakespeare or Hawthorne organizations are actually devoted to discussion of their namesake authors.'''
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Since the passage of the 2005 passage of a Tribal Gaming Amendment, Native American casinos can now offer card games along with their slot machine mainstays.
  
===Local Television Favorites===
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*'''FireLake Casino''', 41207 Hardesty Road, (405) 878-4862 
 
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*'''Sac & Fox Casino''', 41600 Westech Rd, (405) 275-4700, (405) 878-4728
If none of the other activities or locales on this page interest the reader, he or she may be occupied by some of the various local television programming:
 
 
 
*'''Shawnee CTV''' Channel 99 on Charter cable
 
Broadcasts Shawnee High School athletics and a coach's shows on Wednesdays and Saturdays
 
 
 
*'''City Commision Meetings''' Channel 27 or 30 on Charter cable
 
The City Government can be watched in what is often referred to as "Shawnee's C-SPAN".
 
 
 
*'''Bargain World''' (formerly Bargain Barn)Channel 27 on Charter cable
 
A nightly, live auction show open for any and all.
 
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
  
As a classic example of middle sized town Americana, Shawnee boasts a variety of shopping opportunities , both budget and luxury oriented.
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As a classic example of middle sized town Americana, Shawnee boasts a variety of shopping opportunities, both budget and luxury oriented.
 
 
  
 
===Books & Magazines===
 
===Books & Magazines===
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*'''Book Barn''' used book exchange
 
*'''Book Barn''' used book exchange
 
*'''Waldenbooks''', Shawnee Mall, (405) 273-1599
 
*'''Waldenbooks''', Shawnee Mall, (405) 273-1599
 
 
===Clothing===
 
*'''[http://www.ae.com American Eagle Outfitters]''' (inside Shawnee Mall), 4901 North Kickapoo Avenue,  (405) 878-4735, [http://yellowpages.superpages.com/profile~SRC_comwp~C_american+eagle~OO_1~STYPE_S~T_Shawnee~S_OK~Z_~CP_Shopping%5EClothing+%26+Accessories%5EClothing+Stores~CID_472907~LID_sfvjh2AlSkIfvIp7K3N5Xg%3D%3D.htm Business profile]
 
*'''Buckle''' (inside Shawnee Mall), 4901 North Kickapoo, (405) 878-0920
 
*'''[http://www.kmart.com Big K]''' (K-Mart), 2323 North Harrison, (405) 275-4655, [http://yellowpages.superpages.com/profile~SRC_comwp~N_k-mart~STYPE_S~T_Shawnee~S_OK~Z_~CID_99999999990~LID_Q14kt5ndOGQLIONB4XkpXA%3D%3D.htm Business profile], Pharmacy (405) 275-2355 
 
*'''[http://www.dillards.com Dillard's]''' (inside Shawnee Mall), 4901 North Kickapoo, (405) 273-1500
 
*'''Goodwill Industries - Thrift Stores''', 733 East Independence, (405) 275-9375, [http://yellowpages.superpages.com/profile~SRC_comwp~N_goodwill~STYPE_S~T_Shawnee~S_OK~Z_~CID_99999999990~LID_drRJOqZiKhchcC2xQdKkwg%3D%3D.htm Business profile] 
 
*'''[http://hottopic.com Hot Topic]''' (inside Shawnee Mall), 4901 North Kickapoo Avenue, (405) 878-4790
 
*'''[http://www.jcpenney.com J.C. Penney]''' (inside Shawnee Mall), 4901 North Kickapoo Avenue, (405) 275-2242, [http://www.jcpenney.net/stores/salon/jcpsalon/index.htm Salon] (405) 275-6644 [http://yellowpages.superpages.com/profile~SRC_comwp~N_penney~STYPE_S~T_Shawnee~S_OK~Z_~CID_99999999990~LID_IKu8mkBi94%2FD94NkTZ0qGg%3D%3D.htm Business profile], Inquiries about catalog orders (405) 275-1515
 
*'''[http://www.salvationarmy.org Salvation Army Thrift Store]''', 330 East 9th Street, (405) 275-4690, [http://yellowpages.superpages.com/profile~SRC_comwp~N_salvation+army+thrift~STYPE_S~T_Shawnee~S_OK~Z_~CID_99999999990~LID_17s8t7ksSpbqg83UMwmxJg%3D%3D.htm Business profile]
 
*'''Scrubbies''' (Sterilized uniforms), 3305 North Kickapoo, (405) 275-2800
 
*'''[http://www.sears.com Sears]''' (inside Shawnee Mall), 4901 North Kickapoo Avenue, (405) 878-4230
 
*'''Stage Department Store''', 805 West Ayre Street, (405) 275-1921 
 
*'''[http://www.teners.com Tener's Western Outfitters]''', 3309 North Kickapoo, (405) 275-8010, [http://yellowpages.superpages.com/profile~SRC_comwp~N_teners~STYPE_S~T_Shawnee~S_OK~Z_~CID_99999999990~LID_drRJOqZiKhcLoeec0IlTpw%3D%3D.htm Business profile] 
 
*'''[http://walmart.com Wal-Mart] Super Center''' (open 24 hrs), 196 Shawnee Mall Drive, (405) 275-1030, [http://yellowpages.superpages.com/profile~SRC_comwp~N_wal-mart~STYPE_S~T_Shawnee~S_OK~Z_~CID_99999999990~LID_KHeF1k99xbjyZ7aPIx%2F44A%3D%3D.htm  Business profile]
 
*'''[http://www.wallsbargaincenter.com/ Wall's Bargain Center]''', 1600 North Harrison Street, (405) 275-1582, (405) 275-3911 
 
*'''[http://www.walgreens.com Walgreens Drug Store]''' (open 24 hrs), 1427 North Harrison, (405) 273-8220, [http://yellowpages.superpages.com/profile~SRC_comwp~N_wallgreens~STYPE_S~T_Shawnee~S_OK~Z_~CID_99999999990~LID_KHeF1k99xbiWxDFBuhr2XQ%3D%3D.htm Business profile], [http://yellowpages.superpages.com/coupons.jsp?SRC=comwp&N=wallgreens&STYPE=S&T=Shawnee&S=OK&Z=&LID=KHeF1k99xbiWxDFBuhr2XQ%3D%3D Coupons and deals]
 
 
 
'''Sartorial'''
 
*'''Blain's'''
 
*'''Shepherd's Men's Wear''', 116 East Main Street, (405) 275-2280
 
 
===Cars and Motor Vehicles===
 
*'''Armstrong Motors''' (pre-owned)
 
*'''Harvey's''' GMC, Chevy, Pontiac, Cadillac
 
*'''Joe Cooper Ford'''
 
*'''Kasterke Motors''' (pre-owned)
 
*'''McQuerry Motors''' (pre-owned)
 
*'''Yamaha''' (motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, go-karts)
 
 
===Discount, Thrift, Everything's $1===
 
*'''Big Lots
 
*'''Dollar Tree''' (everything $1)
 
*'''Dollar General'''(2)
 
*'''Goodwill''' thrift
 
*'''Just Another''', Slogan: "This ain't no musuem, this junk's for sale!"
 
*'''Salvation Army Thrift Store'''
 
*'''Save-A-Lot''' groceries
 
*'''Walls Dicount Store'''
 
 
 
===Home Furnishings===
 
*'''Big K''' (K-Mart)
 
*'''Neil's Furniture'''
 
*'''Salvation Army Thrift Store''' Furniture is available, though it is frequently stored out of doors.
 
*'''Starry Starry Arts'''
 
*'''Virginia's Home Furnishings'''
 
*'''Wal-Mart'''
 
*'''Walls Discount Store'''
 
 
'''Note: Furniture and used appliances can be found for free in roadside ditches along the outskirts of Shawnee. Cleaning and sanitizing is strongly advised if you choose to go this route.'''
 
 
===Music and Recorded Media===
 
*'''CD Wharehouse'''
 
*'''Wal-Mart'''
 
*'''Big K''' (K-Mart)
 
 
 
===Pet Supplies===
 
*'''Pedigree Pets'''
 
*'''PeTopia'''
 
 
 
===School/Classroom Supplies===
 
*'''School Tools''', 121 East Main Street, (405) 273-0835, [http://yellowpages.superpages.com/profile~SRC_comwp~N_school+tools~PS_15~STYPE_S~T_Shawnee~S_OK~Z_~CID_99999999990~LID_3C930lq0AZgXWNiCxovIAw%3D%3D.htm Business profile]
 
 
 
===Trophies and Commemorative Decorations===
 
*'''Shawnee Trophy Shop'''
 
 
 
===Video and Home Entertainment Rental===
 
*'''Hollywood Videos'''
 
*'''Blockbuster Home Videos'''
 
*'''Rave Review'''
 
 
  
 
==Eat==
 
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Most places to eat are located either on the northern edge of town along interstate highway I-40, sprinkled along Harrison and Kickapoo Street, or downtown on the south side of Shawnee.
 
Most places to eat are located either on the northern edge of town along interstate highway I-40, sprinkled along Harrison and Kickapoo Street, or downtown on the south side of Shawnee.
  
You cannot go very far in Shawnee without running into a '''Sonic Drive-In''' of which there are 4, '''Braum's''' hamburgers and ice-cream (3), '''McDonald's''' (3), '''Arby's''' roast beef (2), '''Pizza Hut''' (2), or a '''Taco Bell''' (2).
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You cannot go very far in Shawnee without running into a '''Sonic Drive-In''' of which there are 5, '''Braum's''' hamburgers and ice-cream (3), '''McDonald's''' (3), '''Arby's''' roast beef (2), '''Pizza Hut''' (2), or a '''Taco Bell''' (2).
  
Shawnee is home to what has been labled as "Sonic number 3000". This label is up for debate however, as some state that it was not the 3000th Sonic drive-in to be erected.
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Shawnee is home to what has been labeled as "Sonic number 3000". This label is up for debate however, as some state that it was not the 3000th Sonic drive-in to be erected.
  
Shawnee also has many pizza kitchens, although many of these are carry-out/delivery only.
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Other fast food chains set up around town include '''Wendy's,''' '''KFC,'''  and '''Taco Bueno.'''  Higher-end chains include '''Cracker Barrel,''' '''Red Lobster,''' and '''Chili's.'''
  
===Fast Food Restaurants/Drive-In's===
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If you're wanting something more special, authentic Italian cooking with menus that go way beyond pizza and spaghetti can be found at Frateli's, just south of OBU on Kickapoo.  Also on south US 177 you'll find Jay's Classic Steakhouse.  Perhaps the best Mexican menu in town is at Abuelita's, found at the corner of Harrison and Independence.
*'''Brown Derby Drive-In'''
 
*'''Charlie's Chicken''' ('''Note: known to go out of business and re-open frequently''')
 
*'''Kountry Fried Chicken & Catfish'''
 
*'''Mazzio's Pizza'''
 
*'''Taco Bueno'''
 
*'''Taco Mayo'''
 
*'''Taco Tico'''
 
*'''Wendy’s'''
 
  
===All-You-Can-Eat Buffets===
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Shawnee also has many pizza kitchens, although many of these are carry-out/delivery only.
*'''China Buffet'''
 
*'''Golden Corral'''
 
*'''King Buffet''' (Chinese)
 
*'''Sunrise Chinese Buffet & Mongolian BBQ'''
 
*'''Thai Star'''
 
 
 
===Sit Down Restaurants===
 
*'''Abuelita Rosa’s''' Mexican
 
*'''Abuelita’s''' (Mexican)
 
*'''Amigo’s''' (Mexican)
 
*'''Benton’s'''
 
*'''Boomerang'''
 
*'''Chicago Street Deli''' (''Note: open for lunch only'')
 
*'''Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Restaurant'''
 
*'''Delta Café'''
 
*'''Fratelli’s (Italian)'''
 
*'''Garfield’s Restaurant & Pub'''
 
*'''Hamburger King'''
 
*'''IHOP''' (Internationaly House of Pancakes) (Open 24 hours)
 
*'''Kim’s Place''' (Korean)
 
*'''Rainbow Inn''' (Open 24 hours)
 
*'''Red Lobster'''
 
*'''Rob’s Smokehouse''' (nee "Robb's Ribber")
 
*'''Santa Fe Steak House'''
 
*'''Shawnee Sandwhich Shop'''
 
*'''Van’s Pig Stand''' (2)
 
 
 
===Take-Out/Delivery===
 
*'''[http://www.dominos.com Domino’s]''' (Pizza), 1438 North Harrison, (405) 878-0880, [http://yellowpages.superpages.com/profile~SRC_comwp~N_dominos~STYPE_S~T_Shawnee~S_OK~Z_~CID_99999999990~LID_324guypMRtw%2FzM5Z2CF5Iw%3D%3D.htm Business profile]
 
*'''Kim's Place''' (Korean, can also dine in), 916 East Main Street, (405) 275-4005 
 
*'''Kmart - Little Caesars Pizza Station''', 2323 North Harrison, (405) 275-5022, [http://yellowpages.superpages.com/profile~SRC_comwp~N_k-mart~STYPE_S~T_Shawnee~S_OK~Z_~CID_99999999990~LID_bZwy0j%2B4FSRYTzhybUKitg%3D%3D.htm Business profile] 
 
*'''[http://www.littlecaesars.com Little Caesar’s]''' (Pizza), 1510 North Kickapoo Avenue, (405) 275-7771, [http://yellowpages.superpages.com/profile~SRC_comwp~N_little+caesar%27s~STYPE_S~T_Shawnee~S_OK~Z_~CID_99999999990~LID_17s8t7ksSpZl8Ljr6RHjfQ%3D%3D.htm Business profile]
 
*'''[http://www.mazzios.com Mazzio’s]''' (Pizza) [http://yellowpages.superpages.com/profile~SRC_comwp~N_mazzio%27s~STYPE_S~T_Shawnee~S_OK~Z_~CID_99999999990~LID_bjLfpJwGttt3DswrVjBiwA%3D%3D~lbp_1.htm Business profile]
 
*'''[http://www.papajohns Papa John’s]''' (Pizza)
 
*'''[http://www.pizzahut.com Pizza Hut]''' (2), 2206 North Kickapoo (405) 273-0650, 1718 North Harrison (405) 275-4115, [http://yellowpages.superpages.com/profile~SRC_comwp~N_pizza+hut~STYPE_S~T_Shawnee~S_OK~Z_~CID_99999999990~LID_eSGhyffUujBscrG5DVVzzg%3D%3D.htm Business profile]
 
 
 
===Food Court at Shawnee Mall===
 
*'''Gyro's''' (Greek)
 
*'''Sbarro's''' (Italian), 4901 North Kickapoo Avenue Suite 1214, (405) 273-1913, [http://yellowpages.superpages.com/profile~SRC_comwp~N_sbarro%27s~STYPE_S~T_Shawnee~S_OK~Z_~CID_99999999990~LID_H3pVowFvlL%2FwCSmClOe6vA%3D%3D.htm Business profile]
 
  
===Donut and Breakfast Pastries===
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Don't forget to try "Vans" a local BBQ favorite, located on Highland Street
*'''[http://www.daylightdonuts.com Daylight Donuts]''', 505 West Benedict Street, (405) 273-2960
 
*'''Firelake Discount Foods''', 1570 South Gordon, (405) 878-4850
 
*'''[http://www.homelandstores.com Homeland Bakery]''' (2) (Krispy Kreme donuts available), 600 West Independence (405) 878-0600 [http://yellowpages.superpages.com/profile~SRC_comwp~N_homeland~STYPE_S~T_Shawnee~S_OK~Z_~CID_99999999990~LID_KIl1GcOD3N73gCARD4skfg%3D%3D.htm Business profile], 2705 North Harrison Street (405) 275-1898 [http://yellowpages.superpages.com/profile~SRC_comwp~N_homeland~STYPE_S~T_Shawnee~S_OK~Z_~CID_99999999990~LID_twE2AltzrdPLzamBpTlLHA%3D%3D.htm Business profile]
 
  
===Coffee Shops===
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Hamburger King, located downtown, is a fun diner. Orders are placed using phones located at each booth.
*'''The Veranda''', 2033 North Kickapoo, (405) 395-0100
 
  
===Other===
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Also on the menu is Robb's Smokehouse, the 2nd most popular BBQ place in town, located at 2321 N. Kickapoo, across from OBU.
*'''Wonder(TM) Hostess(c) Bakery Outlet''', 1924 North Kickapoo, (405) 395-9816
 
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
  
===Liquor Stores and Wholesalers===
 
*'''Kickapoo Red Ball Liquor''', 1529 North Kickapoo, (405) 273-8180, [http://yellowpages.superpages.com/profile~SRC_comwp~N_red+ball+liquor~STYPE_S~T_Shawnee~S_OK~Z_~CID_99999999990~LID_3D6jdKTgHeU%2FLcSNL%2BeeTQ%3D%3D.htm Business profile]
 
  
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*<drink name="The Phoenix " alt="" address="On Union Street, downtown" directions="Located behind the courthouse" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">This restaurant offers not only amazing asian cuisine, but both raw and cooked sushi.  They have a wide selection of foriegn beers as well as domestic. Saki is also on the menu. </drink>
 
===Bars===
 
===Bars===
*'''[http://www.chilis.com Chili's]''', 512 Shawnee Mall Drive, (405) 395-9070, [http://yellowpages.superpages.com/profile~SRC_comwp~N_chili%27s~STYPE_S~T_Shawnee~S_OK~Z_~CID_99999999990~LID_LYqaJ253KE606w6E0aSfXg%3D%3D.htm  Business profile (Chili's restaurant)]
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*'''Chili's''', 512 Shawnee Mall Drive, (405) 395-9070, [http://www.chilis.com].
 
*'''Cinderella Motel: Dietrich's Club''' (Friday night karaoke), 623 Kickapoo Spur, (405) 273-7010  
 
*'''Cinderella Motel: Dietrich's Club''' (Friday night karaoke), 623 Kickapoo Spur, (405) 273-7010  
 
*'''POTT County Liar's Club''', 523 South Chapman, (405) 275-0222  
 
*'''POTT County Liar's Club''', 523 South Chapman, (405) 275-0222  
*'''Queen of Hearts''', 12512 Valley View Road, (405) 273-0499, [http://yellowpages.superpages.com/profile~SRC_comwp~N_queen+of+hearts~STYPE_S~T_Shawnee~S_OK~Z_~CID_99999999990~LID_cvHPCvI2MhauSFPccLsXOQ%3D%3D.htm Business profile]
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*'''Queen of Hearts''', 12512 Valley View Road, (405) 273-0499
 
*'''Watering Hole Saloon''', 1530 North Harrison Street, (405) 878-9557
 
*'''Watering Hole Saloon''', 1530 North Harrison Street, (405) 878-9557
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*'''Hot Rod's Sports Bar''', 3900 North Harrison St, (405) 273-6565
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*'''Knuckles''' Downtown
  
===Sleep===
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==Sleep==
 
*'''America's Best Quality Inn''', Highway I40 Highway 18, (405) 275-4404  
 
*'''America's Best Quality Inn''', Highway I40 Highway 18, (405) 275-4404  
 
*'''American Colony'''
 
*'''American Colony'''
*'''Cinderella Motel (Best Western)''', (405) 275-4404, (405) 273-7010, (800) 480-5111 (toll-free), [http://yellowpages.superpages.com/profile~SRC_comwp~N_best+quality+inn~STYPE_S~T_Shawnee~S_OK~Z_~CID_99999999990~LID_UGuB8xV41RKD1ymUp1bv%2Fw%3D%3D.htm Business profile] 
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*'''Cinderella Motel (Best Western)''', (405) 275-4404, (405) 273-7010, (800) 480-5111 (toll-free)  
*'''Colonial Inn''' (Free HBO), 4700 North Harrison, (405) 878-0120, [http://yellowpages.superpages.com/profile~SRC_comwp~N_colonial+inn~STYPE_S~T_Shawnee~S_OK~Z_~CID_99999999990~LID_97KrPYEUQR%2FHEeMp8g7Elg%3D%3D.htm Business profile]
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*'''Colonial Inn''' (Free HBO), 4700 North Harrison, (405) 878-0120
*'''Fleetwood Motel''', 1301 North Harrison, (405) 273-7561, [http://yellowpages.superpages.com/profile~SRC_comwp~N_fleetwood~STYPE_S~T_Shawnee~S_OK~Z_~CID_99999999990~LID_iJOFXqvsyJMBmP50pEIWMg%3D%3D.htm  Business profile]
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*'''Fleetwood Motel''', 1301 North Harrison, (405) 273-7561
*'''[http://www.hamptoninn.com Hampton Inn]''', (Only one hotel, but two address listings) 101 West Interstate Parkway, 4851 North Kickapoo, (405) 275-1540, [http://yellowpages.superpages.com/profile~SRC_comwp~N_hampton+inn~STYPE_S~T_Shawnee~S_OK~Z_~CID_99999999990~LID_Mmyu7YIzHhIJ5SfkmSt%2F3Q%3D%3D.htm Business profile], [http://superpages.worldres.com/script/gen_prop.asp?hotel_id=52555&front_end_id=9841 Make hotel reservation]
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*'''Hampton Inn''', [http://www.hamptoninn.com]. (Only one hotel, but two address listings) 101 West Interstate Parkway, 4851 North Kickapoo, (405) 275-1540
*'''Kicapoo Motel''' (Rent available on weekly basis), 901 North Kickapoo, (405) 273-1929, [http://yellowpages.superpages.com/profile~SRC_comwp~N_kickapoo+motel~STYPE_S~T_Shawnee~S_OK~Z_~CID_99999999990~LID_GU8a33MMvCOtW4xeV5EZfA%3D%3D.htm Business profile]
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* '''Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites''', 4909 N. Union, ''+1 405'' 275-8880, [http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/ex/1/en/hd/snlok].
*'''[http://www.motel6.com Motel 6]''' (Self-description:Motel 6 in Shawnee offers a relaxing pool, free HBO, and outstanding service. Kids under 18 always stay free.), 4981 North Harrison Street, (405) 275-5310, [http://yellowpages.superpages.com/profile~SRC_comwp~N_motel+6~STYPE_S~T_Shawnee~S_OK~Z_~CID_99999999990~LID_dQkZyIy5%2FJf5oiNm09gbQA%3D%3D.htm Business profile], [http://www.superpages.com/about/email-form.php?bizName=Motel+6&bizEmail=S2TY3WO6kVUuw5c3tLBFKM1SW4BAtmk1 Email]
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*'''Kicapoo Motel''' (Rent available on weekly basis), 901 North Kickapoo, (405) 273-1929
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* '''Motel 6''', 4981 North Harrison Street, ''+1 405'' 275-5310, Fax: ''+1 405'' 275-6370, [http://www.motel6.com/reservations/motel_detail.asp?MotelId=1236].
 
*'''Shawnee Motel''' (Demolished 2004)
 
*'''Shawnee Motel''' (Demolished 2004)
*'''[http://www.super8.com Super 8 Motel]''', I-40 & Highway 18 Exit, (405) 275-0089, [http://yellowpages.superpages.com/profile~SRC_comwp~N_super+8~STYPE_S~T_Shawnee~S_OK~Z_~CID_99999999990~LID_yOMNvS5AcHtJsvKxBvcD1Q%3D%3D.htm Business profile], [http://superpages.worldres.com/script/gen_prop.asp?hotel_id=52804&front_end_id=9841 Make hotel reservation]
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*'''Super 8 Motel''', I-40 & Highway 18 Exit, (405) 275-0089, [http://www.super8.com].
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
 
Shawnee's surrounding area can offer almost as much to see as the city itself, if one knows where to look:
 
Shawnee's surrounding area can offer almost as much to see as the city itself, if one knows where to look:
  
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*'''Cowtown USA''', bar and dance hall with country/western theme, a little outside of town on Hwy 177 South, (405) 275-0108 (Burned to the ground!!!)
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*'''Jim Thorpe's burial site''' located between Shawnee and nearby [[Prague (Oklahoma)|Prague]].
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*'''Fireworks stands''' Just outside city limits in almost every direction,(Usually open around the Fourth of July)
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*'''Buddhist Temple''' located approximately 20 miles outside Shawnee off I-40, an extreme rarity in the Oklahoma area [http://www.ctbuddhamind.org/]
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*'''Curtis Watson's Restaurant''' can be found off of I-40 between Shawnee and Oklahoma City.
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*'''Carl Hubbell Museum''' and burial site are north on Highway 18 in Meeker, Oklahoma, a treat for fans of old-time major league baseball.
  
*'''Cowtown USA''', bar and dance hall with country/western theme, a little outside of town on Hwy 177 South, (405) 275-0108, [http://yellowpages.superpages.com/profile~SRC_comwp~N_cowtown~STYPE_S~T_Shawnee~S_OK~Z_~CID_99999999990~LID_mlhi2SyIPSZ8qBvACuFc2w%3D%3D.htm Business profile]  
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*'''Top Hat''' The original restaurant that is now know as Sonic America's Drive-in.
 
*'''Big Foot''', rumoured to rummage in residents' backyards.
 
  
 
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Shawnee is in the Frontier Country region of Oklahoma.

While normally not on the sight-seeing itinerary of those who do not know someone already living there, Shawnee could prove to be an interesting day trip.

In recent days, Shawnee has become increasingly known for its numerous Native American casinos.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Practically the only method of getting in or out of Shawnee is on the highway. Taxi cabs can be hired by calling a taxi service to have them pick you up, although doing so from another city could prove expensive.

There is an Enterprise rent a car in Shawnee and Shawnee Airport, so car rentals must be made before hand. Many times this is done at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.

Most traffic enters and exits Shawnee via Interstate Highway I-40, although State Highway 3 and US Highway 177 pass through Shawnee as well.

By bus[edit]

Greyhound buses make daily stops in front of the American Colony motel on the far north side of Shawnee.

From there you will have to either call a taxi or arrange another form of pickup.

By train[edit]

Originally established as a railroad hub, Shawnee still has many infrequently used rail tracks. While logistically difficult as well as illegal, it could be feasible to stow aboard a freight car inbound to Shawnee. Not recommended.

By plane[edit]

Chartered flights can be acquired to fly you in to Shawnee airport, most likely originating from Oklahoma City or Tulsa. There are no commercial flight charter services based in Shawnee, so arrangements for your eventual pickup would have to be made as well.

On Foot[edit]

While towns in Oklahoma are quite spread out, some have been known to hitchhike especially along I-40. Not preferred.

Get around[edit]

If you are a tourist, getting around in Shawnee means either calling a taxi cab service to pick you up or using a rental car.

Shawnee is very, very spread out and if you will quickly abandon any thoughts of walking if you ever want to get where you're going.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Heart of Oklahoma Shawnee Expo Center (fairgrounds and outdoor arena), 1700 W. Independence, (405) 275-7020, [1].  edit
  • Log Cabin- 19th century log cabin built by early settlers. Has been moved from original location. Partially demolished.
  • Burial Plot of Brewster Higley, 1500 North Center Avenue, (405) 878-1529. The now deceased author of the western epic "Home on the Range" has his final resting place in Fairview Cemetery located next to McDonalds on Harrison Street.
  • Downtown Shawnee Many old buildings from Shawnee's early years still remain, although most have changed facade and/or fallen into disrepair. Shawnee Downtown Renewal [3]

Notable Downtown Shawnee Buildings:[edit]

  • Aldrige Hotel, 20 East 9th Street, (405) 275-9500 (Apartments), (405) 273-3030 (Barber Shop). Once renowned hotel tower that has been internally restored by federal funding as housing for the indigent elderly.
  • Round House [4] Building- Three story manufacturing site of Round House bib overalls for over 80 years. (Business moved outside city limits in 1995 when city code enforcement precluded expansion.) Round House slogan still visible on side of building.
  • Santa Fe Depot, East Main St., (405) 275-8412. Old railroad station turned museum. Has working railroad tracks.

In recent years, Shawnee has spent over a million dollars revitalizing a three block section of Bell Street, one of Shawnee's oldest roads and site of the Aldrige Hotel and former Round House Building.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Cinema Center 8 movie theater, 3031 North Harrison, (405) 275-7511, Jones Theaters [5]
  • Hornbeck and Penthouse movie theater (Still commonly, and now incorrectly, referred to as the "Dollar Movie", despite a recent price increase to $1.50), 125 North Bell Avenue, (405) 275-0963, (405) 275-0964 (Office)
  • Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, 1900 W MacArthur Drive, (405) 878-5300 (), [2].  edit
  • Movies 6 ( Recently bought and renovated by Jones Theatres and reopened in the spring of 2010. It is now equal to the Cinema Center 8 in quality and price.) (located at Shawnee Mall), 4901 North Kickapoo, (405) 275-6666
  • Noah's Ark Petting Zoo
  • Oklahoma Baptist University Sporting Events
  • Oklahoma Baptist University Theater (405) 878-2347
  • Shawnee Airport Jogging Trail 4-mile track built in mid 1990's courtesy federal grant, 2202 Airport Drive, (405) 878-1625 (Airport Manager)
  • Shawnee Bowl Family Fun Center (formerly Tri-County-Bowl; colloquially "Ghetto Bowl" although recent facility upgrades may have rendered this pejorative a misnomer), 701 North Harrison Street, (405) 275-4064
  • Shawnee Little Theater, 1829 Airport Drive, (405) 275-2805, Theater [6]
  • Shawnee Public Library, 101 North Philadelphia Avenue, (405) 275-6353, (405) 273-3334 (Administrative Services)
  • St. Gregory's University Sporting Events, 1900 West Macarthur, (405) 878-5100
  • Star Skate Roller skating rink, 37303 45th Street, (405) 273-2030
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Headquarters Weekend concerts and annual Super Bowl parties, 811 East Macarthur Street, (405) 273-7098
  • Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) Gyms, fitness facilities, youth sports, Saratoga & Hornet Street, (405) 273-4386, Shawnee YMCA [7]

Golfing[edit]

  • Shawnee Golf and Country Club (Collared shirt and appropriate golf attire required)

18 hole course, Pro Store, and Club House dining available. 2501 Augusta, Shawnee, OK, (405) 273-4076 , Golf Shop (405) 273-2764, Greens Keeper (405) 273-0784, Office- 2300 East Highland (405) 273-1763

  • Fire Lake Golf Course

18 hole course; usually considered to Shawnee's budget golfing: "Golfing for the price of a gordita", Miniature Golf located nearby. 1901 South Gordon Cooper Drive, (405) 275-4471

  • The Elk's Golf Course

Driving range and batting cages also available. Shawnee Lodge 657, (405) 275-1060

Public Parks[edit]

Since Shawnee's many public parks are used infrequently by locals, a quiet and serene environment can usually be expected.

(Exceptions noted below)

  • KidSpace children's outdoor play equipment (adult supervision strongly recommended)
  • Lions Club Park (has baseball field)
  • Briscoe Rotary Boy Scout Park (lighted public tennis courts, great place for pick-up style basketball games) (not recommended after dark)
  • Weigant Park aka "Slide Park" (not recommended after dark)
  • Woodland Park (public swimming pool available in Summer months) (lighted public tennis courts)

Shawnee's Twin Lakes[edit]

hello Shawnee's Twin Lakes offer enjoyable avocation and adventure to anyone who likes to experience the outdoors and water related leisure.

One lake is reserved for fishing and angling.

Its counterpart lake is for those who wish to swim or take part in non fishing related activities such as water skiing, jet skiing, or drinking. (Consuming alcohol while fishing can be dangerous to yourself and those around you; it is strongly discouraged.)

(Note: Due to pervasive droughts and low water levels, Shawnee Twin Lakes are often closed during the summer)

Casinos[edit]

In recent years, Shawnee has been surrounded by gaming establishments who advertise to be "just like Vegas". For smokers, these establishments offer the convenience of having their own smoke shops, which are not subject to local tobacco tax statutes.

Since the passage of the 2005 passage of a Tribal Gaming Amendment, Native American casinos can now offer card games along with their slot machine mainstays.

  • FireLake Casino, 41207 Hardesty Road, (405) 878-4862
  • Sac & Fox Casino, 41600 Westech Rd, (405) 275-4700, (405) 878-4728

Buy[edit][add listing]

As a classic example of middle sized town Americana, Shawnee boasts a variety of shopping opportunities, both budget and luxury oriented.

Books & Magazines[edit]

  • Bibliotech Books & Comics specializes in sci-fi and fantasy literature, 123 East Main Street, (405) 275-9494
  • Book Barn used book exchange
  • Waldenbooks, Shawnee Mall, (405) 273-1599

Eat[edit][add listing]

Like most towns of any size in Oklahoma, Shawnee is inundated with most of the fast food restaurants you can think of and also has many all-you-can-eat buffets (mostly Chinese food).

Most places to eat are located either on the northern edge of town along interstate highway I-40, sprinkled along Harrison and Kickapoo Street, or downtown on the south side of Shawnee.

You cannot go very far in Shawnee without running into a Sonic Drive-In of which there are 5, Braum's hamburgers and ice-cream (3), McDonald's (3), Arby's roast beef (2), Pizza Hut (2), or a Taco Bell (2).

Shawnee is home to what has been labeled as "Sonic number 3000". This label is up for debate however, as some state that it was not the 3000th Sonic drive-in to be erected.

Other fast food chains set up around town include Wendy's, KFC, and Taco Bueno. Higher-end chains include Cracker Barrel, Red Lobster, and Chili's.

If you're wanting something more special, authentic Italian cooking with menus that go way beyond pizza and spaghetti can be found at Frateli's, just south of OBU on Kickapoo. Also on south US 177 you'll find Jay's Classic Steakhouse. Perhaps the best Mexican menu in town is at Abuelita's, found at the corner of Harrison and Independence.

Shawnee also has many pizza kitchens, although many of these are carry-out/delivery only.

Don't forget to try "Vans" a local BBQ favorite, located on Highland Street

Hamburger King, located downtown, is a fun diner. Orders are placed using phones located at each booth.

Also on the menu is Robb's Smokehouse, the 2nd most popular BBQ place in town, located at 2321 N. Kickapoo, across from OBU.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • The Phoenix, On Union Street, downtown (Located behind the courthouse). This restaurant offers not only amazing asian cuisine, but both raw and cooked sushi. They have a wide selection of foriegn beers as well as domestic. Saki is also on the menu.  edit

Bars[edit]

  • Chili's, 512 Shawnee Mall Drive, (405) 395-9070, [8].
  • Cinderella Motel: Dietrich's Club (Friday night karaoke), 623 Kickapoo Spur, (405) 273-7010
  • POTT County Liar's Club, 523 South Chapman, (405) 275-0222
  • Queen of Hearts, 12512 Valley View Road, (405) 273-0499
  • Watering Hole Saloon, 1530 North Harrison Street, (405) 878-9557
  • Hot Rod's Sports Bar, 3900 North Harrison St, (405) 273-6565
  • Knuckles Downtown

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • America's Best Quality Inn, Highway I40 Highway 18, (405) 275-4404
  • American Colony
  • Cinderella Motel (Best Western), (405) 275-4404, (405) 273-7010, (800) 480-5111 (toll-free)
  • Colonial Inn (Free HBO), 4700 North Harrison, (405) 878-0120
  • Fleetwood Motel, 1301 North Harrison, (405) 273-7561
  • Hampton Inn, [9]. (Only one hotel, but two address listings) 101 West Interstate Parkway, 4851 North Kickapoo, (405) 275-1540
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 4909 N. Union, +1 405 275-8880, [10].
  • Kicapoo Motel (Rent available on weekly basis), 901 North Kickapoo, (405) 273-1929
  • Motel 6, 4981 North Harrison Street, +1 405 275-5310, Fax: +1 405 275-6370, [11].
  • Shawnee Motel (Demolished 2004)
  • Super 8 Motel, I-40 & Highway 18 Exit, (405) 275-0089, [12].

Get out[edit]

Shawnee's surrounding area can offer almost as much to see as the city itself, if one knows where to look:

  • Cowtown USA, bar and dance hall with country/western theme, a little outside of town on Hwy 177 South, (405) 275-0108 (Burned to the ground!!!)
  • Jim Thorpe's burial site located between Shawnee and nearby Prague.
  • Fireworks stands Just outside city limits in almost every direction,(Usually open around the Fourth of July)
  • Buddhist Temple located approximately 20 miles outside Shawnee off I-40, an extreme rarity in the Oklahoma area [13]
  • Curtis Watson's Restaurant can be found off of I-40 between Shawnee and Oklahoma City.
  • Carl Hubbell Museum and burial site are north on Highway 18 in Meeker, Oklahoma, a treat for fans of old-time major league baseball.


Routes through Shawnee
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