Merle Travis Rock.

Merle Travis Memorial Rock

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Wildcat Point, Oklahoma

Merle Travis was a pioneering country music performer. His most famous song, "Sixteen Tons," later became the signature hit record for Tennessee Ernie Ford.

Merle fell into a period of drug and alcohol abuse, but righted himself and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1977. Six years later, in 1983, he died of a heart attack in his Oklahoma home.

His fans, apparently wanting to give credit where credit was due, painted a big tribute boulder to Merle near the spot formerly occupied by his death house, and called attention to the fact that it is "16 tons of rock."

Merle Travis Memorial Rock

Address:
27606 OK-82, Wildcat Point, OK
Directions:
On the northbound side of OK-82, one mile north of the bridge across the Illinois River, or eight miles south of its intersection with US-62.
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