Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Route 66-Tulsa to Davenport


  The Cyrus Avery Memorial Plaza on the western edge of Tulsa honors Cyrus Avery and depicts a symbolic meeting of the west and east and the old and new. Avery, an Oklahoma oilman and farmer who served on the Joint Board of Interstate Highways, was responsible for pushing for a route through Oklahoma.  Route 66!

  Route 66 Village is still in the developmental stages. A restored steam engine with train cars and a oil derrick  are the main exhibits with plans to add many other artifacts.


    Frankoma Pottery operated in  Sapulpa from 1933 until 2010. It’s still in business but on a very limited basis. This sculpture is on the eastern edge of town.   


   Happy Burger is a newcomer that started as Tastee Freez franchise in 1957 and got this cool sign when it became Happy Burger in the 1970s.


   Little Depew, almost a ghost town with an empty Main Street, saw better days as a farm supply town, an oil boom town and a stopping point on Route 66. The depression, oil fields playing out and a Route 66 bypass all led to it’s demise. The Gimmel Gas Station was most likely built in the 1940s.

061          064   

 Stroud Municipal Lake County Park Campground has both electric and primitive sites plus a dump station. The campground is very poorly planned with no way to get to most of the primitive sites and no parking along the road near them. Most of the electric sites have short paved parking pads with steep gravel roads.



        The Rock Café in Stroud has been in business since 1939.


          Buildings along Route 66 in Stroud.


           Great vintage sign at the Skyliner.


  A 1933 Texaco gas station in Davenport is now the home of the Early Bird Café.


    Take a short detour of off Route 66 to drive down Broadway Ave. in Davenport and view the postcard murals.




  1. Seems like so much of Rte 66 is comprised of ghost towns now (or nearly empty towns waiting for the ax to fall). I enjoyed your photos!

    1. Your trip to China and Tibet has been so interesting. Thanks for posting all of the details!

      The condition of the small towns along Route 66 is sad but it seems like that's the condition of most small towns everywhere. It's just so easy to get on the interstate and drive to a big city with more shopping opportunities.

      It is heartening to see all of the people working to save the old places along 66 though. I hope they're successful.