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Route 66 Through Oklahoma - Page 2

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Restored 66 station in Chandler, OklahomaNearby, Depew will present a view of several vintage buildings in its tiny downtown district before entering Stroud, the home of an old Route 66 icon, the Rock Café. Soon you will pass through Davenport before rolling into Chandler, the town of the last old-west gunfight that took the life of lawman Bill Tilghman. Here, you can also see the old Lincoln Motel, established in 1939 and a restored Phillips 66 cottage style station. West of town is an old Meramec Caverns barn, the last one remaining on Oklahoma’s Mother Road.

 

The small towns of Warwick, Wellston and Luther provide a number of vintage peeks at old stations and tourist camps before entering Arcadia, city of the Round Barn. Built in 1898, the Arcadia Round Barn is the most photographed sight on the Mother Road.

 

At Edmond begins the suburbs of Oklahoma City. The Mother Road passes right by Oklahoma’s capital building, where oil rigs stood not so very long ago. As you begin to head out of the city, several old motels and restaurants begin to pop up. In the suburb of Warr Acres, an absolute "must see” is Ann’s Chicken Fry House, featuring all manner of Route 66 memorabilia and fronted by a classic 1950s police car, a pink Cadillac, and vintage gas pumps.

 

The wandering path soon finds you riding atop the Overholser Steel Truss Bridge in Bethany before entering Yukon, the hometown of Garth Brooks. At El Reno you’ll cross the old Chisholm Trail before entering more small towns – Calumet, Geary, and Bridgeport, now an official ghost town.

 

Nearby Hydro is home to Lucille Hamons Station, built in 1927. Lucille was called the Mother of the Mother Road when she ran the station and store for 59 years right up until the day she died. 

Soon you will pass through Weatherford on your way to Clinton, where the first state-operated Route 66 Museum resides. It was also here that Elvis Presley once stayed at the Trade Winds Courtyard Inn.

 

Next, the ghost town of Foss presents itself before heading west through Canute on your way to Elk City, which provides another great Route 66 Museum at the Old Town Museum Complex. At nearby Sayre, the Beckham County Courthouse appeared in the movie, The Grapes of Wrath.

 

I-40 killed two more Route 66 towns, those of Hext and Texola, on either side of Erick, hometown of Roger Miller.

 

Traveling the Mother Road through Oklahoma provides a smorgasbord of restaurants, architectural styles, historic buildings and ruins, through its quaint small towns and metro cities. Enjoy its open stretches, winding roads, and many parks and lakes before heading onto the staked plains of Texas.

 

 

 

© Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, updated May, 2013.

 

 

 

Ann's Chicken Fry in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

You can get some good eats at Ann's Chicken Fry in Oklahoma City, May, 2004, Kathy Weiser.

 

 

 Hank's Hamburgers, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Hank's Hamburgers in Tulsa, Oklahoma May, 2004, Kathy Weiser.

 

 

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