Route 66 Links

Oklahoma Route 66

Take a 400-mile journey along Oklahoma’s stretch of Route 66 filled with antique stores, nostalgic buildings and great food.
See:
  • Arcadia’s Round Barn with Route 66 exhibits
  • Yukon’s Route 66 Park
  • Chandler Route 66 Interpretive Center
  • Historic main streets of Stroud, Chandler, Davenport, Warwick, Wellston, Edmond, Oklahoma City, Yukon, El Reno and Calumet
  • Rock ‘O Ages gas station ruins
  • Meramec Caverns barn — last remaining advertising structure of the popular Route 66 attraction
  • Edmond Historical Society Museum with Route 66 exhibits
  • POPS — a Route 66-spirited diner, gas station and soda shop
  • Mom-and-Pop diner and eateries
  • Chandler’s Philips 66 cottage-style gas station
ROUTE 66 LINKS
POPS
This sculptural take on a soda bottle and straw soars 66 ft. into the sky. Each night as the sun sets on Arcadia, LED lights transform it into a dazzling light show. An infinite array of colors and patterns salute the world’s greatest variety of soda pop inside. The buildings huge canopy cantilevers, unsupported, 100 feet to shelter vehicles and their occupants from sun, rain and snow. So big, it creates an “outdoor room,” it’s an unexpected sensation we bet you’ve never experienced — with wildflowers and trees all around you. Ultramodern fuel pumps and other cutting-edge amenities distinguish POPS from any other gas station. www.popsroute66.com
ROUND BARN
The Arcadia Round Barn really is quite the sight to see. Located on Route 66 in the heart of Arcadia, The Round Barn is one of our nation’s unique landmarks. Built in 1898, it originally served of course, as a home for livestock and also as a place where dances were held for the local townspeople. www.arcadiaroundbarn.org/

EDMOND HISTORICAL SOCIETY & MUSEUM



Experience the history of Edmond including 1889’ers, military, genealogy, railroad, and a children’s hands-on center. Museum also features National traveling exhibits.


431 S. Boulevard (405) 340-0078
www.edmondhistory.org/
Route 66 Park
Lake Overholser is home to Oklahoma City’s newest sensational recreational hot spot, Route 66 Park, on the west side of the lake at 9901 NW 23.
The Cyrus Avery Observation Tower was named for visionary Cyrus Avery, a Tulsan who, in the 1920s was a driving force behind the 2448-mile transcontinental highway.


From the Observation Tower, visitors can get a sweeping, panoramic view the 148-acre Park’s three ponds and Lake Overholser.
A stamped map depicting the historic Mother Road’s route from Chicago to Santa Monica is featured in the park’s Route 66 Plaza. Thirty-four landmarks from Lincoln’s birthplace in Springfield to the Harvey House in Barstow, California are featured along the eight-state map.
www.okc.gov/parks/route_66/index.html

Route 66 Museum

The Oklahoma Route 66 Museum is operated by The Oklahoma Historical Society, a state agency. The museum was originally opened to the public in 1968 as the Museum of the Western Trails, operated by the Oklahoma Industrial Trust and Recreation Department (which later became the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation). In 1991, the museum was transferred to OHS. In 1993, plans began for a redevelopment of the museum in order to focus on transportation and Route 66. The project was funded with federal, state and private funds, with the citizens of Clinton (population approximately 10,000) raising over $200,000.00.


The museum officially opened on September 23, 1995, as the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum with a grand opening celebration in Clinton including car shows, free live entertainment, a rock’n roll dance and many other activities.


Exhibits begin with “The World’s Largest Curio Cabinet,” home of special treasures collected from along the route. Along the way visitors see vehicles and listen to music while they experience the history and culture of each decade concerning road construction, transportation, lodging, restaurants, garages, curio shops, attractions, and other artifacts, graphics, and videos. At the end of their trip down the “Main Street of America,” visitors catch their breath in the drive-in theater, viewing “The American Odyssey”, narrated by Michael Wallis, an award-winning Route 66 Historian. After the film, visitors are able to stop in the “Curio” gift shop with its wide selection of signs, books, videos, clothing, toys, games and numerous other mementos of Route 66 and the Museum.


For more information, visit the Route 66 Museum website.
Oklahoma and Route66 go hand in hand. Almost as if Route66 had been designed for Oklahoma alone.
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