Thursday, November 12, 2015

Route 66-Weatherford and Clinton


  The Stafford Air & Space Museum is named after Thomas Stafford who was born and raised in Weatherford. Stafford was a Air Force officer, a test pilot, and a NASA astronaut who went into space six times. The museum has a nice tribute to Stafford plus a small but amazing collection of airplanes, space craft and related artifacts.

  The museum is accessible.

  The parking lot is large enough for RVs.


  This Cherokee Trading Post east of Clinton is a a relative newcomer in a chain of seven trading posts owned and managed by four generations of the Wilson family.


  Built in the 1950, the Glancy Motel has been completely renovated which included restoring the cool original sign. The Redland Theater is no longer in operation but it still has a great sign.


 McLain Rogers Park was built between 1934 and 1937 as part of the the Civil Works Administration which provided employment for out of work citizens during the depression. This Art Deco arch with original neon lighting is at the east entrance of the park.


The Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton takes visitors on a trip through time along Route 66 with exhibits and artifacts from different decades.



   A restored Valentine Lunch System diner with a complete interior is located outside on the museum grounds. The little diners cost $5,000 in the 1950s and came with a grill, counter and stools, ready to be unloaded, set upon a concrete slab, and be operational within hours.

  The museum is accessible.

  RVs can be parked across the spaces but the lot is not very big so parking will be limited on busy days.


The Y Service Station and Café is now a car dealership but still looks much the same as it did when it was built in 1937.


  We stayed overnight in the Lucky Star Casino which offers free parking with electric hookups in the overflow lot. A security guard will probably met you as you pull into the lot and show you where to go. There are two electric panels with multiple outlets located in the far north and south corners of the lot. The lot is very sloped but we were given permission to pull into the ditch and were fairly level.

  The casino is down the hill and across a street. Non accessible SUVs and shuttles provide pickup and drop off service. The casino is accessible.



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