Lucille Hamons: I was alone here to run this place.
In 1941 Carl and Lucille Hamons purchased a gasoline station and tourist court on a rural stretch of Route 66 in Provine, Oklahoma. Lucille ran the business and lived there almost 60 years. Her self-reliance and generous assistance to motorists earned her the nickname Mother of the Mother Road.
Hamons Court sign
Sign from Hamons Court on Route 66, Provine, Oklahoma, 1941
After Carl got a truck to earn more money, I was alone here to run this place. During this time, people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, and eastern Oklahoma were traveling the road to the West Coast to find jobs.... Many times I would have people stop that were completely broke, and I would feed them and give them gas in exchange for some appliance or other articles of value they might have. Sometimes I would just buy their old broke-down cars, and then they would catch the bus and head on west looking for work.
Lucille Hamons's gas station and tourist cabins, Route 66, Provine, Oklahoma
Carl and Lucille Hamons at Lucilles gasoline station on Route 66, 1941. The tourist cabins are in the background. Her family lived upstairs and behind the customer area of the station.