When Beverly Madison and Pete Madison purchased 200 acres of land next to Creek Nation Duck Creek Casino outside of Beggs, Okla., they had only one purpose in mind.
“We opened with the idea of having an RV park, nothing more,” Pete said.
According to a report by the Tulsa World, the Tulsa RV Ranch might be the poster child for one thing leading to another.
Today it has full amenities for RV guests — bath house, game room, convenience store, workout room, computer room, church services — as well as a 3,500-seat covered rodeo arena, saloon, restaurant, gift shops, indoor horse stalls, skyboxes, go-kart track, miniature golf, horseshoe pit, concession stand, banquet facility, a motorcycle racing track and mud bogs for tractor pulls and ATV events.
And it all has come together, piece by piece, in three years.
The Madisons — they are divorced but remain best friends and business partners — had a number of businesses in Florida over the years, including a paving business that worked on Disney properties, and Pete had ties to Oklahoma.
“My brother Spike moved here many years ago, and I used to visit as a kid,” Pete said. “We own some commercial warehouses together, and 11 years ago he asked me to come take a look at some warehouses being auctioned off.
“I hadn’t been here in a while and asked him to show me around. When we went past the casino I saw a little orange ‘For Sale’ sign on the land next to it, and I knew I wanted it. We sat on it until three years ago.”
Beverly did the homework to decide if it was worth putting in an RV park on part of the land.
“I had noticed Tulsa Hills was being developed, it had the casino on the corner, the convenience of a highway, and Tulsa was moving this way,” she said. “We knew it was the right spot.”
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