"A Country Way of Life"
The rural Oklahoma town of Inola offers the best of two worlds; only a half-hour drive to the "big city" of Tulsa or fifteen minutes to Claremore, yet offering the serene and peaceful mix of the flat lands and wooded hills of country life.
A grocery store, two banks, drug store, a few hometown restaurants, some specialty shops, and other small town conveniences combined with a strong religious heritage make living "out in the country" a rich experience for Inola families.
Some residents choose to commute to work, while local businessmen and women fill a need in town by offering goods or services folks need or want. There is a distinct lack of congestion when commuting to and from Inola on Highway 412, the main artery linking Inola with Tulsa. The four lanes offer a drive that keeps moving, its green, openness is a refreshing tonic at a workday's end. Tired of the traffic, many "city folks" are discovering the benefits of rural, small town life. The values country people have had from the past are still in Inola. Rugged independence and a strong desire to live away from crowded places.
School and church are the center of Inola life; basic family and religious values set the tone of everyday interactions between the townspeople and gather members of the community for a common cause. The people are still more concerned about family life with high morals and values. The character-building influence of organized sports is prevalent and on most game-nights Inolans turn out in full force to watch and encourage their youngsters.
Inola has been considered the "Hay Capital of the World" for thirty-five years because of the high quality of Bluestem Prairie hay grown on the many hay fields here. It contains more minerals than hay from other parts of the country, so it is sent to major horse racing tracks across the nation.
In Inola, where most everyone knows one another, mutual recognition while driving is accomplished with a casual "finger wave" (a lifting of the index finger off the steering wheel). This easy, friendly gesture is used because a drive around town usually requires several such greetings to avoid seeming rude to a neighbor or acquaintance.
Sometimes nearby Amish farmers can be seen bringing their families into town loaded aboard their John Deere tractors and trailer, and quiet dark evenings are only interrupted by the chirping cadydids and the sporadic green glow of fireflies.