winds through several small towns,
alternating between two-lane and divided four-lane highway,
on its way to
Though the old highway still sees regular use among the
locals, some of the communities along this stretch have been left as
virtual ghosts, while others are dotted with closed business testifying to
The first small community of White Oak appears
after just a few miles, but very little is left in this small town other
than a vintage Country Court Motel sign peeking up from the foliage and an
old Moose Lodge. Seemingly, most everything else, other than a few
area homes, has been wiped away by the passing years.
Another eleven miles down
Route 66 arrives at the small
town of Chelsea, with a current population of just over 2,000 souls.
Chealsea was first founded in 1870 by a homesick Frisco railroad
worker who named the new settlement after his native Chelsea, England. In the beginning,
Chelsea's primary economic mainstays were cattle and hay, until
oil was discovered here in 1889.
Moose Lodge, White Oak,
Oklahoma , Kathy Weiser,