Though all of the eight states along historic Route 66 display pride in ownership of their piece of the pavement, Oklahoma seems to do it the best. Perhaps that is as it should be, given that the Mother Road was born in Oklahoma when Cyrus Avery of Tulsa conceived of the idea to link Chicago all the way to Los Angeles. Moreover, Oklahoma has more miles of the original highway than any other state, they were the first to install historic markers along the old route, the first to have a state-sponsored Route 66 museum, and ironically, the first to lose part of the original road when I-44 barreled through, dealing a deathblow to many service businesses between Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
Enjoy your journey through the Sooner State.
Westbound on Route 66:
Off the Path – Ed Galloway’s Totem Pole Park
Off the Path – Shamrock – Oil Boom & Bust Ghost Town
Off the Path – Washita Battlefield National Historic Site
More Oklahoma 66