Name that City! — July 12, 2023

Here’s a review of this week’s questions:

  1. In what city would you find The Spudder, a steakhouse that has been serving steak and seafood for decades, in a setting filled with museum-quality oil field memorabilia?
  2. What southern city is home to Red Mile Gaming and Racing?
  3. What midwestern city is considered, “the birthplace of Route 66”?

And here are the answers:

  1. Tulsa, Oklahoma’s The Spudder restaurant has been serving up delicious dinners since 1976. The restaurant’s namesake, “The Spudder,” is a cable tool rig made for drilling shallow wells. The spudder in question sits in front of the restaurant and dates to the 1920’s. The menu features names like, “Roughneck,” “Land Survey” and “Offshore Drilling” that are used to categorize the food items. They also offer amazing deserts and butcher shop services for customers wishing to grill up the goodness at home.
  2. Lexington, Kentucky’s Red Mile Gaming and Racing, formerly known as Red Mile Harness Track, or just “Red Mile” to locals, has been Lexington’s “other racetrack” (Keenland, its big brother, is located on the other side of town) since 1875. It is known for the red clay dirt that makes up the track as well its historic round barn, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2015, Red Mile entered a partnership with Keenland to upgrade the facility, which schedules meets throughout the year and is a popular site for private events and celebrations.
  3. U.S. 66, also known as Route 66, the Mother Road, the Main Street of America, and the Will Rogers Highway, was officially named “U.S. 66,” via telegram at a meeting of highway officials in Springfield, Missouri on April 30, 1926. Calvin Coolidge was President and Henry Ford had just lowered the price of the automobile. The stage was set for what would become not only the country’s first cross-country highway, but an enduring piece of Americana that travelers from around the world still yearn to experience. The song, “Route 66,” has been recorded by artists as varied as Nat King Cole, the Rolling Stones and Depeche Mode.