Route 66 Oklahoma
(source National Park Service)
Miles: 400 (approx.)
Oklahoma is centrally located on Route 66, it is here where east meets west and the lush, green rolling hills and rivers give way to open plains. Oil pumps bow with hypnotic regularity, while cattle chutes and holding pens are next to the railroad tracks that serve them. It is also here that the arc of Route 66 flattens out to a straight east-west line.
Scenes of the Wild West and Will Rogers are frequently seen on signs, place mats, and postcards promoting the region. Such handmade wonders as the Blue Whale in Catoosa, and Galloway’s Totem Poles in Foyil represent automobile-scale folk art, reflecting the ingenuity and imagination of their makers. Oklahoma also boasts of being home to Cyrus Stevens Avery, a resident of Tulsa who is attributed to being the Father of Route 66.
Since 1989, advocates within the Oklahoma Route 66 Association have been working statewide to promote economic development, preservation, and recognition of Route 66 in Oklahoma. In the late 1990s, it was designated a National Scenic Byway. Numerous Route 66 properties in Oklahoma are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program has assisted more than 23 cost-share grant projects including the restoration of the Firestone Station in Bristow, the Rock Cafe in Stroud, the Meadow Gold sign in Tulsa, Vickery Phillips 66 Station in Tulsa, and others. All contributing to Historic Route 66.
Cruising Route 66 in style. Restored retro car on the mother road.
When the state of Oklahoma had insufficient funds to pave the entire stretch of Route 66 Oklahoma , a creative solution was found. A segment referred to as the "sidewalk highway", running from Miami, Oklahoma to Afton, Oklahoma, consists of a single paved lane, with gravel shoulders on either side for passing. Historic Route 66.
The Colorful Local, "Harley", Keeping historic Route 66 Travelers Smiling on Their Route 66 Oklahoma Journey.
Miami boasts of the longest Main Street on all of Historic Route 66 and is proud to serve as the Gateway into Route 66 Oklahoma for all those traveling the mother road. Just outside of Miami is the last section of the original nine foot wide “Ribbon Road” that is listed as an Oklahoma National Historic Landmark.
Cowboys, guns, oil, a big blue whale, the world’s largest totem pole, Will Rogers and the true nut house...experience Oklahoma hospitality, the legends of Claremore and Historic Route 66 and all her glory in beautiful northeast Oklahoma!
Cyrus Avery, a businessman in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is credited with creating the identity of Route 66 Oklahoma. Today this is known as Historic Route 66
Avery founded the U.S. 66 Highway Association and coined the route’s nickname, “Main Street of America.” .
In 2001, Pixar crews visited to research US 66 for the animated film Cars, at a time when the town economy was still attempting to recover from the 1999 tornado, and the Rock Café was undergoing historic restoration. The character of Radiator Springs hotelier Sally Carrera is heavily based on Rock Café proprietor Dawn Welch and her efforts to promote and rebuild the town on Historic Route 66. Route 66 Oklahoma
Venture to Vinita, Oklahoma, and get your kicks on Route 66 Oklahoma with this live streaming webcam. The historic location hosts various events throughout the year on historic Route 66Live Webcam Vintage Oklahoma, including the Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo Parade every August.
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