President Barack Obama's four-state energy tour stops in Oklahoma on Wednesday - Article Photos 3/78

This unique sign on SH 33 welcomes visitors to Cushing on the west edge of the town. Residents and businesses of Cushing are preparing for the arrival of President Barack Obama this week. The president will make a brief stop at a TransCanada Corp. pipe yard northwest of town, as part of a four-state tour to promote the administration's energy policy. Ruth Ann Johnson, 73, who served 50 years as the town's librarian, said the Payne County community of 8,000 will welcome President Obama on his first visit to Oklahoma after being elected in 2008. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman