RoadTripOK: Ep 20 – Pauls Valley OK | Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department | TravelOK

RoadTripOK: Ep 20 – Pauls Valley OK | Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department | TravelOK


– Today we’re headed to Pauls
Valley for some barbecue, a toy museum, and the Santa Fe Depot. Let’s go! (upbeat rock music) – [Guide] This is the Oklahoma Road Trip. From Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies, the team heads north to Pauls Valley, a small railroad town with a rich history. Visitors travel from far and wide to stand in awe of our
first stop of the day, the world-renowned Toy
& Action Figure Museum. The museum is curated by Kevin Stark, a local artist whose diverse portfolio even includes designing official toys for the Teenage Mutant Ninja
Turtles and the Simpsons. – Okay, the way I got started, a group of citizens got together and they wanted unique tourist attractions in the downtown area. I already had tons of toys, I joked with one of the
committee members, I said, “Well I’m the unofficial
tourist attraction, “we ought to just make it official”. (funky music) 95% of what you see in here
is from my private collection. – Take me to your favorite spot in this whole entire place. – Well, that would be the Bat Cave. So this is all about Batman. – [Guide] I feel like you
would have to spend a lifetime just collecting this. – You could, but why limit yourself? Now we have spooky toys. We have the original 1959 Barbie. Everything from Star Wars and Star Trek, to Futurama, Doctor Who. And we’ve got Pez. And up above, we’ve got
Supermans and Supergirls and all flying around. Up there, we’ve got the
cereal box collection. And then in here, we’ve
recreated World War II. Joe is battling the Nazis. When you go to a natural
history museum, for instance, they’ll recreate like, a
caveman fighting a cave bear. This is the adult
collector’s bedroom diorama. We’re not just about toys,
we’re about your childhood. Those things that you forgot about. People come in here and they’re amazed to see
what they had as a kid. And I say, “Well, you
either played with it or stepped on it.” – [Guide] From the Toy
& Action Figure Museum, the team makes the short
trip to Bob’s Pig Shop. This long-time local favorite has been serving up some
of the area’s best barbecue for nearly 100 years. – Hi, how are you doing? (upbeat rock music) Well, it opened in 1933. Bill and Susan are the second owners and they took over in 1977. I’ve been there for 40 years. They’re like family to me, you know. Everybody here is like family. It’s just a great place. We’ve got a huge smoker that
we smoke all of our meats. Our pig sandwich is what we’re famous for. We have people from out of town that come. I meet a lot of new people, which I enjoy. Yeah, it’s amazing. – That picture right there
was taken on opening day. August 5th, 1933. Right in the middle of
The Great Depression. That’s amazing. – We got a lot of stuff here,
let me move this camera. Got more important stuff coming through. – Oh my goodness, oh
wow, these look so good. Thanks, Vickie. – [Together] Cheers! – Those fries are amazing. – So good, the flavor’s so good. I got the pig sandwich,
it’s what they’re known for. And some ribs, and looks likes some beans. – So I got here, the seasoned
fries, which are delicious, and I got myself a house salad. – Hey, next time you’re in Pauls Valley, or anywhere we stop along the road trip, make sure to ask for a free
sticker before they run out. And show us your sticker
using the hashtag #RoadTripOK. (upbeat country music) – [Guide] From Bob’s Pig Shop, the crew heads east to
our final stop of the day. We mentioned that Pauls Valley
is home to a rich history, and there’s no better
keeper of that history than the Santa Fe Depot Museum. – This is the Santa Fe Depot. You know, the train was stopped, and all of these doors would open. Someone called us, said, “Adrienne, this man just
got a demolition permit, “he’s gonna tear down
the depot in three days.” The historical society and the chamber worked together to save
this from being torn down. – I’m standing in the Santa Fe Depot and this is actually the centerpiece of Pauls Valley downtown. They actually still have an Amtrak going, it comes every morning and every evening. Pretty cool. – You will see a little train, and they call it Little Toot. The kids can sit on and
have a picture made, they can ring a bell pull a string and go, ooh-oh! (train whistle blows) (laughs) You should come here, because we have more than
you would ever dream. If you haven’t been to Pauls Valley, come. You’ll be glad you did, and you can tell your friends to come too. – Come see all the brick streets, and that I think, is part of
the charm of the small town. – Make sure to allot enough time, ’cause there’s so much stuff to see. And also if you can plan it
around one of our big events, set apart some time to really
enjoy the town like we do. (upbeat rock music] – [Guide] On today’s road trip, we shared in some of the fun and history that Pauls Valley has to offer. First, we explored the Toy
& Action Figure Museum, where Kevin gave us a
tour of his collection, decades in the making. The museum contains an
absolutely mind-blowing amount of toys, action figures,
and other collectibles, sure to make anyone feel like a kid again. Next, we made the short
trip to Bob’s Pig Shop, a staple of Pauls Valley
for the last 86 years. The atmosphere was warm
and the staff was friendly and, of course, the
barbecue was incredible. We highly recommend their
pig sandwich and ribs. Finally, we made our way to
the Santa Fe Depot Museum where Adrienne told us all
about the history of the depot as well as the town itself. This beautifully restored train depot, as well as the surrounding park area, serve as a hub for all
kinds of community events, including an outdoor ice skating rink during the winter months. Join us next time on
the Oklahoma Road Trip where we’ll take you snow-tubing in OKC, eat some ice cream in Edmond, and visit the Rhema
Lights in Broken Arrow. We’ll see you then.

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