Monthly Archives: July 2016

Broiler Room, Glass House Restaurant, Vinita, Oklahoma

This image shows the vast dining area, and in the background, a cooking station and chef, which was known as the Broiler Room of the Glass House Restaurant.

Published by Bob Taylor Photography, Cordell, Oklahoma

The description states:


This beautiful dining room in the Glass House offers the traveler the finest in eating accommodations and an unsurpassed view of the Will Rogers Turnpike as it passes underneath the Glass House. Adjoining the Broiler Room is a private dining room for private parties.

–The restaurant changed hands at least twice, most recently becoming home to a McDonald’s franchise. It was renovated in 2014.

This image likely dates from the 1950s.

Chief Martin Teehee, Glass House Restaurant, Vinita, Oklahoma

This image shows Chief Martin Teehee, Native American in traditional clothing, with the Glass House Restaurant on the Will Rogers Turnpike in the background.

Color by Larry Nicholson

The description states:

Martin Teehee, Cherokee Indian of Miami, Oklahoma, welcomes you to visit the famous ‘over the road’ Glass House Restaurant on the Will Rogers Turnpike, Vinita, Oklahoma. The Cherokee settled in the Eastern port of Oklahoma, having come from Virginia, the Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.

–The Cherokee migration alluded to above, known now as the Trail of Tears, was in fact a series of forced relocations of the Cherokee and other tribes from their homelands, beginning in 1830 by President Andrew Jackson.

This card likely dates from the 1960s.

Glass House Restaurant with Native American, Vinita, Oklahoma

This image shows a local Native American in traditional costume before the Glass House Restaurant, which crosses over the Will Rogers Turnpike at Vinita, Oklahoma.

Color by Jack Taylor

The description states:



This unusual structure is a favorite stopping place for travelers on the Will Rogers Turnpike. Travelers will find an excellent restaurant with several dining rooms, a snack bar and a gift shop for their convenience.

–The Native American is not otherwise identified, but is very possibly Cherokee.

The cars in the lot indicate this card is likely from the 1960s.