Will Rogers Archway

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Will Rogers Archway
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A view from the western parking lot circa 2006; the statue of Will Rogers can just be seen in front of the building.
General information
TypeService plaza
Town or cityVinita, Oklahoma
CountryUnited States
Coordinates36°37′24″N 95°08′53″W / 36.62331°N 95.14803°W / 36.62331; -95.14803

The Will Rogers Archway, originally named the Glass House Restaurant and still nicknamed "The Glass House",[1][2] is a 29,135-square-foot (2,706.7 m2)[3] service station that spans the Will Rogers Turnpike section of Interstate 44 (I-44) near Vinita, Oklahoma. Previously operating as a McDonald's restaurant, it was notable as the first bridge restaurant in the world and as an example of a U.S. roadside restaurant. When it was solely a McDonald's, it was the world's largest McDonald's before the current largest McDonald's in the world located in Orlando, Florida was built.

The archway also features a Kum & Go (previously a Phillips 66)[4] gas station.

The building and service plaza closed on June 4, 2013, for a $14.6 million renovation.[5] At its grand reopening on December 22, 2014, it was renamed from "Glass House Restaurant" to "Will Rogers Archway",[6] although the renaming was actually officiated in August 2014.[2] McDonald's still operates in the archway post-renovation, but it is now joined by a separate Subway franchise in the building.[2]

At the front of the west anchor stands a statue of Will Rogers. The building contains a small Will Rogers museum.[7]


Pre-2014 renovation


  1. ^ "Will Rogers Archway". Timberlake Construction. Retrieved July 4, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c "Will Rogers Archway". Travel Oklahoma. Retrieved July 4, 2023.
  3. ^ Matthews, Peter; Dunkley McCarthy, Michelle; Young, Mark (CON) (1994). The Guinness Book of Records. Facts on File. ISBN 9780816026456.
  4. ^ Witzel, Michael Karl (2018). Strange 66: Myth, Mystery, Mayhem, and Other Weirdness on Route 66. Voyageur Press. pp. 86–. ISBN 978-0-7603-6517-5.
  5. ^ "Renovations". Archived from the original on 2015-02-07. Retrieved 2015-02-07.
  6. ^ "Iconic arch over Will Rogers Turnpike reopens". Tulsa World. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  7. ^ King, Thomas (2003). The Truth about Stories: A Native Narrative. House of Anansi Press. pp. 41–. ISBN 978-0-88784-696-0.