Route 66, Oklahoma Information
Route 66 is America’s most beloved stretch of highway and the topic of legend, lore, and song. Route 66 has been called the Will Roger’s Highway, Main Street America, and the Mother Road. No other highway has captured the heart of America in this way and it is still a major Oklahoma thoroughfare. Route 66 is 2,451 miles long and 374 miles of it go through the state. Owning property along this historic byway could not help but to bring at least a little sense of nostalgia and connection to America’s past.
Route 66, Oklahoma Details
The route began in the early part of the 20th century and became an important economic route during the 1930s. It remained a major thoroughfare, with the height of its iconic popularity in the 1950s and 1960s. It was during this time that service stations and diners began popping up along the route to serve travelers. The route has undergone many changes and only portions of it are still along the original route. Only a few small sections of the original highway can be found, such as 9 foot sidewalk wide piece known as “Ribbon Road” near Miami (pronounced Me-ah-ma).
Towns and cities along the route include Quapaw, Miami, White Oak, Chelsea, Sequoyah, Claremore, Tulsa, Oakhurst, Kellyville, Bristow, Davenport, Wellston, Arcadia, Edmond, Oklahoma City, El Reno, Calumet, Bridgeport, Clinton, Elk City, Sayre, Erik, and Texola. There are many more that fall along the current route and the original route.
Things to Do
Any trip along the Mother Road would not be complete without a visit to the OK Rt. 66 Museum in Clinton. It pays homage to the route history and its impact on American culture. Its features include the world’s largest curio cabinet, neon signs, and items found along the road throughout its history.
Lucille’s Service Station and roadhouse is one of the earliest service stations along the route. It was built in 1929 and is located in Hydro. It is only one of two that are still left along the Sooner State stretch of the highway. It is no longer in business, but serves as a tribute to a bygone era. It is restored to its original condition, complete with its vintage pumps.
Lucille’s Roadhouse in Weatherford creates the 1950s feel and offers road memorabilia. You can enjoy classics such as cheeseburgers, chicken fried steak covered in gravy, and many other classic American favorites.
POPS in Arcadia offers one of the few tributes to the soda pop bottle, with a collection of 12,000 vintage bottles. You can browse over 650 different kinds of soda in an old fashioned diner atmosphere. Many diner style restaurants can now be found along the highway.
If motorcycles are you love, you won’t want to miss the Seaba Station Motorcycle Museum. This museum features over 65 motorcycles from 1908 through the present. The Rt. 66 Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum in Miami has a collection of 40, including classics such as a 1917 Harley Davidson.
There are truly too many sites and things to do along the Mother Road to list in a short article. All of them reflect American roots and bring a sense of connection that only traveling along this road can bring.
Real estate along this legendary byway is highly desirable because it is like owning a piece of American history. The highway stretches across the entirety of the state and includes many diverse neighborhoods. In general, any property that has frontage along the historic route is prime and highly desirable. There is a sense of prestige that comes along with having and address that includes the highway name.
Property and rental values are dependent on the area in which the property is located. For instance, those that are closer to large cities such as Tulsa and Oklahoma City will be reflective of prices in these areas. More affordable pieces of property and rentals may be found in the smaller towns and burgs along the route. The closer one is to a famous landmark, the higher price one can expect to pay. The highway stretches from east to west and there is no “average” real estate price or rental property price that could adequately describe the ranges that are available along the route. One would have to do research into real estate prices in the closest city or town to get an accurate picture.
A trip along the route will take the traveler and potential resident through major cities and vast open countryside. The trip will take the traveler through 10 different ecoregions. One can experience the Rocky Mountain foothills, cypress swamps, tall grass prairies, forests, and high plains. The best part is that with so many different types of natural areas, one can easily experience a change of scenery whenever they wish, with only a short drive down the famous highway.
If you are planning to buy property in the area, why not consider something along the famous route. Aside from offering a wide choice for families, there are also promising business opportunities such as opening up your own diner, or offering lodging. There are many possibilities and dreams to be built along America’s most famous highway.
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