Thursday, December 6, 2007

The End of Camelot


The once famous Camelot Hotel in Tulsa comes down today, to make way for another KwikTrip convenience store. If nothing else, over the years the empty building acted as landmark, along I-44, to find the Peoria St. exit.

Tulsa certainly doesn't need the eyesore which the hotel had become, from years of abandonment and neglect. And the city doesn't appear to need another hotel in the area of town where the Camelot was.
Tulsa already has about 5,000 other convenience stores too. Something distinctive would have been good.

I have no idea what would have a better choice to build there; however, another shabby convenience store wouldn't be a top tier choice. Tulsa becomes more homogenized, just another cookie-cutter made city.

1 comment:

Red S Tater said...

I've got some great memories and stories from that old Camelot Hotel and parking lot from the 70's.

Tulsa hosted some really bigtime drag races back then and unlike nowadays the race teams back then didn't leave their racerigs at the track at night.

The Camelot was a favorite for racers and the parking lot turned into an allnight pit area/car show/party with all the big names just hanging out with a beer working on their cars... using hotel towels for shop rags... you know fun stuff.

Don Garlits, Connie Kalitta, Shirley Muldowney, Jungle Jim Lieberman, Don Prudhomme ... all of 'em stayed at the Camelot.
Red S Tater too!

good times.
-red