The Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office is asking for proposals to survey historic properties along Route 66 in Tulsa and Oklahoma counties.
Tulsa County includes the city of Tulsa along with the communities of Oakhurst and Red Fork along Route 66. Oklahoma County includes Oklahoma City, Bethany, Edmond, Arcadia and Luther along Route 66.
The office put out this notice on social media Jan. 9:
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
The SHPO, OK Historical Society, requests proposals for two Route 66 survey projects. Funding is from the US Department of the Interior’s Historic Preservation Fund. $50,000 has been budgeted for these activities. No match will be required. Successful applicants will be the SHPO’s subgrantees. Project work must conform to the Sec. of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation and must be completed no later than September 30, 2020. Contract start date is expected to be February 15, 2020. To receive the RFP, contact Lynda Ozan at [email protected] or 405/522-4484 or send a written request to Lynda Ozan, SHPO, OK Historical Society, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105. Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m., January 29, 2020.
Project Titles: Thematic Survey of Route 66 Resources in Oklahoma County; Thematic Survey of Route 66 Resources in Tulsa County.
Public Radio Tulsa was the first to take notice of the proposals. It reported:
Rhys Martin with the Tulsa Route 66 Commission said the update is due.
“The current survey that was done through the National Park Service and the Route 66 Corridor Preservation program was approaching 20 years old, and as you can imagine, a lot of changes have happened in the last few decades,” Martin said.
KTUL-TV in Tulsa talked to Amanda DeCort, also of the Tulsa Route 66 Commission:
The State Historic Preservation Office is wanting to survey gas stations, restaurants, and any hotels that were built during the Route 66 heyday.
“The last time they did a statewide look at Route 66 wouldn’t have been old enough to be considered,” said DeCort. “A lot of them are over 50 or 60 right now, so I’m thinking they’re going to find a lot more.”
Martin the surveys might give some business owners a chance to be added to the National Register of Historic Places and give the public a better understanding of why some buildings should be preserved.
(Image of an Oklahoma Route 66 sign by Infinite Ache via Flickr)