Kindred spirits

We recently had a nice visit from some like-minded folks up in Osage County. Stephen, Debby and Stephanie Easley, owners of the Historical Whiting Bed and Bath in Pawhuska, stopped by last week to tour The Campbell Hotel and compare notes on historic preservation.

The Whiting and the Campbell have a lot in common: Both are block-long, historic properties that were originally designed with hotel rooms upstairs and retail space downstairs. Both have undergone extensive renovation in the past couple of years. Both have rooms decorated in unique themes. And both reopened to travelers about a year ago.

We haven’t had a chance to visit the Easleys’ property yet, although we’re looking forward to a trip up that direction in the near future. In the meantime, they shared some photos from their Facebook page.

Look at the vintage photo above. Does it remind you of another building you’ve seen somewhere?

Here are a few of the flourishes the Easleys have added in their restoration of the Whiting:

An old hardware bin now holds tourism brochures and visitor information. Wish we had that much space to hold our ever-expanding collection of Route 66 ephemera!

We’re not the only ones with a cowboy room. Check out that galvanized tin ceiling!

Love the iron bedsteads and old-fashioned throw rugs in this cute Americana-themed room.

We’re looking forward to hearing more from the Easleys as they continue the challenging but rewarding adventure of restoring an irreplaceable piece of American history. Next time you’re headed up to the Tallgrass Prairie, stop and pay them a visit. They’re at 707 Kihekah in historic downtown Pawhuska. Stop by and say hello, or call (918) 287-4839 to reserve a room. Tell ‘em we said hi!

And, as always, if you’re planning a trip to Oklahoma, we’d love to see you here at The Campbell Hotel. Give us a call at (918) 744-5500 or visit to reserve a room while you’re in Tulsa.

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