POPS in Arcadia undergoes a change in ownership

The POPS convenience store and restaurant, renowned worldwide for offering more than 500 types of soda and its 66-foot-tall LED soda bottle that stands along Route 66 in Arcadia, Oklahoma, quietly changed owners several weeks ago. US Star Properties LLC of nearby Edmond, Oklahoma, purchased the property on Nov. 19 for $2.22 million, according to … Continue reading POPS in Arcadia undergoes a change in ownership

Hundreds of daffodil bulbs planted at Round Barn of Arcadia

A volunteer group recently planted about 750 daffodil bulbs at the Round Barn in Arcadia, Oklahoma, giving promise the historic Route 66 site will have a spectacularly colorful spring. According to The Oklahoman newspaper, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation gave the bulbs to the Arcadia Historical and Preservation Society. Ann Young, vice president of the … Continue reading Hundreds of daffodil bulbs planted at Round Barn of Arcadia

New sign marks Paul McCartney’s brief stop on Route 66 in Oklahoma

Oklahoma County and several residents of a stretch of original Route 66 on Monday installed a sign that commemorated a brief stop by a former Beatle, Paul McCartney, there in 2008. Shellee Graham, who lives on that segment of historic road with Route 66 historian Jim Ross, was there to help document the installation with … Continue reading New sign marks Paul McCartney’s brief stop on Route 66 in Oklahoma

Program features Route 66 artist Jerry McClanahan, Round Barn volunteer Mr. Sam

The Oklahoma Educational Television Authority, which contains a network of PBS stations across the state, recently aired a 28-minute "Gallery America" segment about Route 66 artist and researcher Jerry McClanahan and effervescent Arcadia Round Barn volunteer "Mr. Sam" Gillaspy. The program is well-produced. Check it out below: McClanahan's art gallery just off Route 66 in … Continue reading Program features Route 66 artist Jerry McClanahan, Round Barn volunteer Mr. Sam

Matt Damon movie being filmed at Arcadia Round Barn this week

A movie starring Matt Damon is being filmed Friday at the Round Barn along old Route 66 in Arcadia, Oklahoma. According to the Edmond Sun newspaper, most of the "Stillwater" film is being shot in Coyle, Oklahoma, but a scene will be produced in Arcadia. Arcadia Mayor James Woodard said it’s an honor for the … Continue reading Matt Damon movie being filmed at Arcadia Round Barn this week

Oklahoma Tourism, film company making road-trip films, including Route 66

Earlier this month, the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department and Broken Arrow-based Retrospec Films announced they would launch a year-long series of road-trip films, including Route 66. On Wednesday, they uploaded a film that featured the Rock Cafe in Stroud, Pops in Arcadia and Living Kitchen in Depew -- all along Route 66. https://youtu.be/ZcCXbbMYBAE The … Continue reading Oklahoma Tourism, film company making road-trip films, including Route 66

Route 66 Soda adds to 300 flavors offered at Fanning 66 Outpost

I knew Ryan Thompson had purchased the Fanning 66 Outpost near Cuba, Missouri, a little less than two years ago, and he was busy making dozens of types of flavored popcorn for visitors. What I didn't know was Fanning 66 Outpost has become a miniature version of Pops in Arcadia, Oklahoma. It offers more than … Continue reading Route 66 Soda adds to 300 flavors offered at Fanning 66 Outpost

A look back at the Round Barn, Ted Drewes and Dixie Truckers Home

Anthony Reichardt recently uploaded several more videos from his Route 66 trips during the 1990s in a 1959 Cadillac. Reichardt's videos often hold historical value, as many are more than a quarter-century old. It's interesting to see how the Mother Road has changed. His YouTube channel of 60 videos is here. The first video compiles five … Continue reading A look back at the Round Barn, Ted Drewes and Dixie Truckers Home

Richardson Building in Arcadia added to National Register

The Edward Richardson Building in Arcadia, Oklahoma, now known as the home of GlassBoy Studios, recently was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. An email Friday from the National Park Service stated the property at 101 Main St. in Arcadia had its listing effective Dec. 4. According to the National Register nomination form, the … Continue reading Richardson Building in Arcadia added to National Register

Round Barn to celebrate 25th anniversary of its reopening

The Round Barn in Arcadia, Oklahoma, on Sunday, June 11, will mark the 25th anniversary of the rehabilitation and reopening of the historic structure along Route 66. The event will run from 1 to 4 p.m. that day with live music, a car cruise-in, special guest speakers and the POPS food truck on the premises serving … Continue reading Round Barn to celebrate 25th anniversary of its reopening