Road to Nowhere

Cutting across America’s heartland, US‑83 remains a must-do long-distance byway—transnavigating this broad, odd nation without once grazing a conventional tourist destination.

Perryton

Surrounded by wheat fields and ranch lands, agreeable Perryton (pop. 8,211) sits seven miles south of the Oklahoma border. The town was formed in 1919 when the Santa Fe Railroad came through; people in nearby towns simply picked up their stuff—buildings included—and shifted them here. Ochilton, eight miles south off US-83/Hwy-70, was one such town, before some 600 people moved the whole infrastructure. If you ignore the industrial oil-industry litter on the outskirts, Perryton is not bad-looking, with spacious, tree-lined streets. The self-styled “Wheatheart of the Nation,” Perryton is also the hometown of Mike Hargrove, 1974 American League Rookie of the Year and later manager of the Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners.

Perryton