Pops

Anyone who's seen the Disney Pixar animated film, "Cars," knows what happened to little towns on the Mother Road, Route 66, when the interstate system was constructed in the second half of the last century. The towns, often decorated with bright neon signs and filled with odd attractions, soon dried up and became shadows of their former selves.

But, thanks to a metro-area businessman, the little town of Arcadia, located on the Mother Road, is about to get some help. Aubrey McClendon, best known as the chief executive officer of Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy, has financed the development of a piece of land he owns in Arcadia.

Rand Elliott, principal of Elliott + Associates Architects, is overseeing the construction of POPS, a unique attraction that has garnered tourist interest well ahead of its anticipated completion date.

"It will be the world's coolest gas station, but there's a lot more to it than that," Elliott said. "Travelers will have the opportunity to fuel up, there'll be a cool café and a small store where they can get beer, pop and other things for a day at Arcadia Lake." The store will also carry unique Mother Road memorabilia.

POPS will consist of a 5,000 square foot store and café, plus the fueling canopy with Route 66 on the north side of the building. "You'll walk under a canopy, into the building," said Elliott, "then you can go out onto the south patio where there'll be an orchard of sixty-six Oklahoma Redbud trees."

POPS is designed to capture the excitement of the Mother Road while providing a destination for food and a private garden where travelers can enjoy some relaxing serenity.

"We think people