The Phillips 66 Speedway and Signs of Spring

Speedway Remains (click image for slideshow)

I walked the Pathfinder Parkway on a warm but overcast March afternoon on a quest to find the remains of The Phillips 66 Speedway, a Micro Midget racetrack which was tucked between Tuxedo Boulevard and the Caney River just east of Quapaw and Comanche. In a previous post I tracked down aerial views of the track and I wondered how much still remained in 2012.

The asphalt track disappeared long ago and the entire area is now heavily overgrown. Heavy growth and trees mark the center island of the speedway, with the remains of the east and west stands to either side, slowly succumbing to the relentless encroachment of nature.

The speedway is just south of my favorite bench on the Pathway, with horses grazing on the property immediately west of the former speedway. The area is along the power line route leading to and from the big PSO plant just south of Frank Phillips Blvd.

The area in question.

During my 4.75 mile walk from Atwoods to the location, I shot every little spring flower I encountered. I can never remember the names of plants, but I managed to identify wild blue phlox (both furled and unfurled), henbit, dog violet, the ubiquitous red buds, Bradford pear blossoms, and dandelions of different styles, and finally two examples of white flowers which I leave unidentified.

Click here for a slideshow from this walk

About Granger Meador

I enjoy day hikes, photography, podcasts, reading, web design, and technology. My wife Wendy and I work in the Bartlesville Public Schools in northeast Oklahoma, but this blog is outside the scope of our employment.
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2 Responses to The Phillips 66 Speedway and Signs of Spring

  1. Nivedita says:

    Your blog has been very helpful to us. We just moved to Bartlesville and are glad to find the Pathfinders Parkway. We walked the path yesterday from the Memorial Bridge, north upto the Cement plant and stopped by to click pictures of the wildflowers and trees.

  2. K T Sparks says:

    My uncle Walter Thompson built and owned the Bartlesville micro midget track in the beginning. It was truly a spot of much activity in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. I was there watching all the work as a kid as all my dad and his brothers as well as their kids were involved. It really became a National track in a hurry! I sat many a hot night on those bleachers watching my Dad and uncles fly around that track. I can still recall the shrill motor noise and the smell of gasoline and fumes trapped in the heavy river bottom night air!

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