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Old 08-23-2007, 04:43 PM
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Originally Posted by briansgi View Post
Ponca City always had an inferiority complex compared to Bartlesville, even before the Phillips/Conoco merger.
I would say this is a blatantly inaccurate statement. Growing up in PC in the late 70's through early 90's, I never heard or saw anything of the sort. There was really little to no interaction between the two towns. (I think I remember going there once to Woolarac.) People thought of them as similar due to their oil histories and sizes, but that was about all the thought that was given. If there was any rivalry in Ponca City it was with Stillwater or Enid, due to their proximity and similar sizes. The only inferiority I remember people having was toward OKC and Tulsa, amongst the people who wished they were in larger cities.

Even now I don't hear people in Ponca City speak any ill will toward Bartlesville the town. On the contrary, many of them have moved there because the jobs are going that way, and speak well of the place. The negative feelings are about the way Conoco got the short end in the merger, which I think is pretty understandable. Lots of good jobs are gone. Where they went doesn't really matter to people as much as the fact that they're gone.
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Old 08-25-2007, 10:44 PM
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I lived in Ponca in the 60's and 70's and attended Washington Elementary. I don't recall anybody really caring about B'ville. Back then it was Enid that was the big rival. I think today it is more Stillwater. Seems like most people had good things to say about B'ville but I don't remember any real rivalry (although it would seem to make sense with the two communities being similar in history size and being in the same area.

The refinery smell didn't seem to be any big deal unless you were right by the refinery.
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Old 09-19-2008, 12:47 PM
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i forgot to mension that ponca has a distinct smell that you will grow to not notice. It's really weird when you leave town for a day. Say you're asleep in the car, the smell of town wakes you up. it smells like skunk because of the refinery and as soon as you hit 60, you smell it.
Also, there are a few great places to eat. someone mentioned Head Country BBQ but I prefer Dougan's Barbeque on the other side of town. I"m a little bias since i worked there for 3 years and Paul took care of me, but in my opinion, they are way better. i already mentioned ElPatio is my favorite, but if you're looking for STEAK, you should check out the little restaurant in the alley behind the twin theater. It's very upscale for Ponca City. You have to dress properly and there's a doorbell to let you in the door. But they have great drinks, a great salad and GREAT steak. 3 sonics and 2 mcdonald's in the small town, but there is no better burger than 4th street burger. And if you want tex-mex, go to Taco Stop on Grand. It's been there for more than 30 years and it's great!
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Old 09-21-2008, 08:43 PM
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Lived in P.C. for 8 years. Loved it. It's a beautiful area, the people are nice, and I really don't have any complaints. But it's been a few years ago, and I can't give any specifics now. But we loved it, and I'd kill to be back there.
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