As you continue your
journey to the
Oklahoma, you will pass by
ghost town of Hext,
established in 1901. The stretch between here and upcoming Erick were
the last in
Oklahoma to lose its US 66
designation to superhighway I-40.
known as the "Gateway to
Oklahoma,” was once the
westernmost city of the state due to surveying disputes with
Texas. Getting its start in
1901, the town was named for Beeks Erick, a developer for the Choctaw
Townsite. Primarily formed as a farm and ranch community, the area
was first known for the many cattle drives that passed through,
stopping at old Salt Springs southwest of Erick. Nature’s gift to
these early-day cattlemen, the fresh-water springs made an ideal
stopping off place during the late nineteenth century.
Later the town received a boost when oil and natural
gas was found in the area. The town hoped to become another
Oklahoma boomtown, however,
these hopes were dashed by the mid 1940's and the town began to
The City Meat Market building is the
Oklahoma, This is the home base to Harley and Annabelle Russell,
aka the Mediocre Music Makers, who perform shows to tour groups and
Route 66 travelers during tourist season. May, 2004, Kathy Weiser.
When Erick was bypassed by I-40, it
suffered yet another blow, and today many of its brick buildings along
Route 66 sit empty and silent, speaking eloquently of better days.
Erick was the boyhood home of Roger Miller, the
late country music legend, Mr. "King of the Road” himself. The
stretch of 4-lane that enters Erick from
Sayre has been renamed Roger Miller Memorial
Highway, and that part of
through town, is called Roger Miller Boulevard. Further
memorializing Mr. Miller, current plans are in the works to create the
Roger Miller Museum.