- Associated Press - Monday, April 11, 2016

MEDICINE PARK, Okla. (AP) - Medicine Park developer Steve Miller opened his wallet pretty wide to make his newest hotel look like something straight out of the “The Beverly Hillbillies” - literally.

“I spent a lot of money to make this room look this bad,” Miller said. “I think it paid off.”

Miller, who owns the Cherokee Lady Cabin in Medicine Park, saw a problem with lodging in the Cobblestone Community. The Old Plantation Inn fills up quickly and many other cabins and lodging options are too expensive for the average couple, he said, so he decided to do something about it.

“I wanted to open a place where a couple could come and spend the night and not break the bank,” Miller said. “If they could come and spend a night here and not spend more than $80 or so for a room, I think I’ve done a good job.”

The Lawton Constitution (https://bit.ly/1MqgRno ) reports that located up a flight of stairs adjacent to the Cherokee Lady Cabin, visitors will step into the world of a man named Jed, a poor mountaineer who barely kept his family fed. Then one day, he was shooting at some food and up from the ground came a bubbling crude. So old Jed loaded up the family and took them out to California to Beverly - Hills that is.

He left his place behind and now couples can enjoy the simple life of the Beverly Hillbillies before they were rich.

“We tried to make everything look as rustic and backwoods as we could in here,” Miller said. “Everything is safe and I think people are going to enjoy it.”

The relatively spacious room is on two levels and features a large bed and all modern amenities, including a mini refrigerator, high-definition television, microwave and coffee maker. Everything is made up of what many would consider “junk” that has been repurposed, such as an old oil funnel used as a toilet paper roll holder. The rustic room is decorated with various pieces of art. Several old saw blades have been painted and hung on the walls. One of the room’s tables is literally an old utility line spool that was donated to Miller.

“We’ve got all sorts of stuff in here that we’ve reused,” Miller said. “It adds to the ambiance.”

The building itself is hard to miss. Traveling east along Lake Drive through downtown Medicine Park, you’ll come across the Cherokee Lady sign on the north side of the road. The building might look unassuming from the outside. Miller had originally intended for the entire structure to be covered in old, rusted sheet metal, but was forced to take down one side of it due to complaints. The entrance is still covered in the same sheet metal and the bright orange door is impossible to miss.

“It’s supposed to be Jed Clampett’s tool shed; of course it’s going to look rough,” he said. “But we took it down and everyone is happy.”

After only a few months since opening, Miller said he’s enjoyed tremendous success already. If that success continues, he has even more ideas for creative, affordable lodging in the cobblestone community.

“I’d like to put a big tepee here in the clearing in front of the Jed Clampett tool shed,” Miller said. “It will be this big circular room with this cool appearance. People are going to like it.”


Information from: The Lawton Constitution, https://www.swoknews.com

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