Route 66 Across Oklahoma

From Miami, Oklahoma to Erick, Oklahoma

DAY ONE

The third phase of Route 66 road trip started in Miami, Oklahoma (after driving eight hours to get there from Davenport, IA). We found a faded mural in Quapaw, OK which is just north of Miami.

Quapaw mural

The mural was right along Route 66 in Quapaw...

...and close to Hemi's Cafe.

Hemi Cafe

Unfortunately, Hemi's Cafe was not open when we got there.

Hemi Cafe

We spotted an Antique Auto Museum; however, it was also closed.

Quapaw Antique Auto Museum Quapaw Antique Auto Museum

The local flea market was also closed (fortunately).

Quapaw Flea Market

Then we drove to Miami, OK. Here's the gateway sign over the main road.

Miami Gateway Sign Miami Gateway Sign

Then it was on to the Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum in Miami, OK.

Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum

A gas tank autographed by Ann Margaret

Anne Margaret HD gas tank

There were a number of British motorcycles mixed in with the Harley Davidsons and special cycles.

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We went to the Coleman Theater; however, it was not open yet.

Coleman Theater, Miami, OK

Then we found Waylan's KuKu Burgers. We tried multiple times to catch them open; however, due to local graduations and a holiday, they stayed closed.

Waylan's Ku Ku Burgers, Miami, OK Waylan's Ku Ku Burgers, Miami, OK Waylan's Ku Ku Burgers, Miami, OK

The Dobson Museum was closed so we visited the Eastern Trails Museum which featured the history of the region.

Eastern Trails Museum

We tried to locate the Little Cabin Pecan Company; however, that closed years ago. So instead, we went to the Miller Pecan Company store. The lady there was extremely nice, even opening up early so we would not have to wait.

Miller Pecan Store

The pecan store had a large "rocking" chair in the parking area.

Miller Pecan Store

Next, we found the Route 66 Motel in Afton, OK.

Route 66 Motel Afton, OK

And then it was on to the DX Service Station - Visitor Center.

DX Service Station and visitor center, Afton, OK DX Service Station and visitor center, Afton, OK DX Service Station and visitor center, Afton, OK DX Service Station and visitor center, Afton, OK

We had lunch at Clanton's Cafe in Vinita, OK. The food was great; however, the portions were huge. We could not finish our burgers.

Clanton's Cafe, Vinita, OK

There was a plaque outside the cafe related to

FDR visit to Vinita

We also visited a McDonald's Restaurant the spanned Hwy 40. At one time, it was the largest McDonald's in the world.

McDonalds Restaurant

Inside the restaurant was a statue honoring OK native son, Will Rogers.

McDonalds Restaurant

View from the McDonald's restaurant spanning Hwy 40.

McDonalds Restaurant

On the way to our next stop, we spotted a giant Indian statue at a truck stop along Hwy 40.

Large Indian statue

We stopped by the Cabin Creek Battlefield. There was no visitor center or displays besides the signs.

Cabin Creek Battlefield Cabin Creek Battlefield Cabin Creek Battlefield

That was the end of day 1.


DAY TWO

Our first stop was the Will Roger's Memorial / Museum in Claremore, OK. The outside of the museum and the grounds were beautiful. It is worth a stop just to walk around the outside. Inside provided alot of biographical information including his many accomplishments.

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We also stopped by the Will Roger's Hotel a short distance away.

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The next stop was the J. M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum. This place is a warehouse filled with every firearm imaginable.

JM Davis Arms Museum

Then we found the "famous" Blue Whale and the nearby Ark in Catoosa, OK.

Blue Whale in Catoosa, OK Blue Whale in Catoosa, OK Blue Whale in Catoosa, OK

By this time it was almost noon so we went looking for Hanks Hamburgers. We found it; however, it was a walk-up food shack with almost no parking. So we decided not to eat there.

Hanks Cafe

Instead of eating at Hanks, we went to El Rancho Grande. El Rancho is a historic Mexican restaurant that start along Route 66 back in 1950. It was a good choice as the food at El Rancho was fantastic and plentiful.

El Rancho Restaurant

While driving through Tulsa, OK, we passed by the Meadow Gold sign...

Meadow Gold sign

...and the Corner Cafe.

Corner Cafe, Tulsa OK Corner Cafe, Tulsa OK

We also found Ollies Station which was open.

Ollies Cafe, Tulsa OK

Ollies has a lot of trains running on tracks mounted high on the walls. Yes, they actually run.

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Then we passed by the Hickory House BBQ shop to take some photos.

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That was the end of day 2.


DAY THREE

We found the Bristow Historical Railroad Museum but it was closed. So we moved on to the 'ghost town' of Shamrock, OK. It is not really a ghost town because there are people obviously living there. They also have a post office and museum; however, they have definitely suffered since Route 66 closed.

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We next went to the Rock Cafe in Stroud, OK, and left a note on the wall that we had visited.

Rock Cafe, Stroud OK Rock Cafe, Stroud OK Rock Cafe, Stroud OK

On the way to the town founder James Stroud house, we stopped by the Skyliner Motel for a photo.

Skyliner Motel, Stroud OK

In the same town, we found the James Stroud House.

Stroud House, Stroud OK

Then it was on to Jimmys Round Up Cafe in Oklahoma City, OK.

Jimmys Round Up Cafe, Oklahoma City, OK

Followed by Dans BBQ Pit in Davenport, OK. Dans BBQ was not open, but the locals said that he would let them in for a cup of coffee.

Dan's BBQ Pit, Davenport OK.

The town of Davenport, OK is very small.

Davenport OK

The main "road" in Davenport, OK, is paved with bricks.

Davenport OK

And the town has a lot of murals painted on the sides of their buildings.

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The next stop was the Lincoln Motel in Chandler, OK.

Lincoln Motel, Chandler OK Lincoln Motel, Chandler OK

We tried to visit the Lincoln County Museum of Pioneer History but it was closed. Instead I took a picture of cacti!

Pioneer Museum, Chandler OK (closed) Pioneer Museum, Chandler OK (closed)

Also in Chandler was an armory that was converted into a museum and interpretive center. The center had a number of very good audio visual exhibits.

Route 66 Museum, Chandler OK

Leaving Chandler we found the last 'barn' in Oklahoma painted to advertise the Meramec Caverns.

Last barn painted in OK to advertise Meramec Caverns

We found the Seaba Station Motorcycle Museum in Warwick OK; however they were not open.

Seaba Station Motorcycle Museum, Warwick OK

Getting hungry we looked for the Butcher BBQ stand. We found it, but it was closed as it is only open weekends. So we looked around and found the Pecan Cafe in Wellston, OK. It was a favorite with the locals and the food was really good.

Pecan Cafe, Wellston OK

We think that we found the Hillbillees Cafe in Arcadia OK, but without any signs, it was difficult to verify.

Hillbillee Cafe, Arcadia OK?

We definitely found the Hwy 66 Tavern (County Line) in Luther, OK.

Hwy 66 Tavern, Luther OK

Our next stop for the day was at the Round Barn of Arcadia, OK. You can order memorial bricks that comprise some of the walkways. We ordered one to memorialize our son, Shawn. See if you can find it when you visit the Round Barn.

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Then we saw the giant soda bottle at the Pops Resaurant in Arcadia, OK.

Pop's Restaurant, Arcadia OK

We believe this was once the Tuton's Drugstore but it looks like it has been converted into housing now.

Tuton's Drugstore, Arcadia OK?

That was the end of day 3.


DAY FOUR

We next traveled to Oklahoma City to see some of the sights there. Near the capital building we saw the building for the historical society.

Historical Society, OKC OK

Here is the capital building in Oklahoma City, OK.

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The next stop of day three was the Oklahoma Museum and Memorial in Oklahoma City. It was built to commemorate the Oklahoma City bombing on 19 April 1995. Of course I did not take any pictures inside out of respect for the other visitors. Most of the displays were multimedia anyways.

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Next we traveled to downtown Oklahoma City to locate the Tower Theater.

Tower Theater, OKC OK Tower Theater, OKC OK

Just down from the Tower Theater, we saw Marilyn Monroe in one of the shops. Ok, not really.

Marilyn Monroe?

We also found the old Milk Bottle Grocery with a giant milk bottle on top. It is located on a small triangular median and has been converted into a studio now.

Milk Bottle Grocery, OKC OK Milk Bottle Grocery, OKC OK

We also found Brown's Bakery which was a very busy place. While we ordered some treats for our trip, a television news crew was setting up to tape a segment."

Brown's Bakery, OKC OK

Then it was on to Ann's Chicken Fry House for some lunch. They have interesting displays inside and outside the restaurant. The give shop in the back parking lot was not open.

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We also visited the Oklahoma Heritage Center.

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That was the end of day 4.


DAY FIVE

The Heartland Museum in Weatherford, OK, was not open but they had some interesting displays outside.

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We motored on to the Thomas Stafford Air and Space Museum in Weatherford.

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We looked for the City Diner in Weatherford; however, it looked like new highway replaced it. So we drove to Lucilles restaurant instead. The food was very good and plentiful.

Lucille's Roadhouse, Weatherford OK Lucille's Roadhouse, Weatherford OK

We stumbled across the 1929 Provine Hamons Filling Station which also once featured motel rooms.

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We went to El Reno, OK, to see the Heritage Express Trolley. Unfornately, due to the recent heavy rains, the trolley was not running. However, we were able to get some photos inside and outside the train station which now serves as their museum. We had fantastic talks with Pat and Kendall who were happy to answer all of our questions.

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This is Kendall who currently operates the trolley. The trolley ia a refurbished trolley that has been converted from electric power to a V8 engine. It has controls at both ends so it does not need to turn around (the town no longer has a turntable).

Museum complex, El Reno OK Museum complex, El Reno OK

On the outside of the trolley storage building is a picture of Jack Reuter, the late husband of Pat.

Museum complex, El Reno OK

Pat wss kind enough to pose next to a picture of her husband dressed in a reenactment costume.

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We traveled to Clinton, OK, to see the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum. Outside of the museum was a restored diner.

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There were a lot of displays inside the museum. This one in the lobby lets you pretend you are cruising down Route 66."

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We traveled on to the Glancy Motel Hotel in Clinton, OK.

Glancy Motel, Clinton OK Glancy Motel, Clinton OK

And found the Jiggs Smokehouse in Clinton OK which has been in operation for almost 40 years.

Jiggs Smokehouse, Clinton OK Jiggs Smokehouse, Clinton OK Jiggs Smokehouse, Clinton OK Jiggs Smokehouse, Clinton OK

That was the end of day 5.


DAY SIX

We stopped by the Cotton Boll motel (sign) for a quick photo op.

Cotton Boll Motel, Canute OK

And the Washita Motel (?) which was obviously closed.

Washita Motel, Canute OK

This jail in Canute OK was built in 1918.

1918 Jail, Canute OK

Parker Drilling Rig number 114 in Elk City, OK.

Parker drilling rig 114, Elk City OK

Also in Elk City was the National Route 66 Museum. It is now part of the Elk City Heritage Center. One small fee grants access to all of the buildings and displays. There are people in some of the buildings to answer questinos.

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We stopped by the Sayre OK post office which is described as having and art deco design.

Post office, Sayre OK

Just a short distance away was the Owl Drug store.

Owl Drug Store, Sayre OK

We think that this building was once the Old Hotel Bed and Breakfast in Sayre, OK. It is in need of some work.

Old Hotel B&B, Sayre OK Old Hotel B&B, Sayre OK Old Hotel B&B, Sayre OK

Also in Sayre, we found the Rodriguez Steak House.

Rodriguez Steak House, Sayre OK

We also found the Shortgrass Country Museum; however, it was closed for renovation.

Shortgrass Country Museum, Sayre OK

The Rafter T Restaurant in Erick OK was not open.

Rafter Restaurant, Erick OK (closed)

The Sand Hill Curiosity shop in Erick OK was open. It is operated by Harley Russell alone now that his wife Annabelle has passed. Harley Russell was half the inspiration behind Tow Mater, a character in the Cars animated movie. Harley performed a couple of songs for us and took our picture. One picture is while we are holding one of the original (according to Harley) Oklahoma Route 66 signs.

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Harley is an interesting individual. Click on the below image to hear more about him. Viewer discretion is advised.

We found another tiny jail (territorial jail) in Texola OK.

Territorial Jail, Texola OK

That was the end of day 6.


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