Atlas Obscura podcast features Mary Beth Babcock and her Buck Atom statue in Tulsa

A recent podcast by the Atlas Obscura travel website featured Mary Beth Babcock, owner and creator of the Buck Atom's Cosmic Curios on 66 shop in Tulsa, and the landmark Buck Atom fiberglass statue that anchors the site. It's an entertaining 11-minute podcast, and Babcock's irrepressible personality comes through: Babcock commissioned the Buck Atom statue … Continue reading Atlas Obscura podcast features Mary Beth Babcock and her Buck Atom statue in Tulsa

Snippets of Oklahoma Route 66 shown on Times Square’s big video screens

Mary Beth Babcock, the owner of the Buck Atoms Cosmic Curios on Route 66 store in Tulsa, recently flagged a brief video shot by a friend in New York City. The footage shows several landmarks from Route 66 and other spots in the Sooner State that were displayed on the big video screens in Times … Continue reading Snippets of Oklahoma Route 66 shown on Times Square’s big video screens

Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios in Tulsa makes an appearance in a new Hanson music video

The music trio Hanson dropped a new music video about a week ago, and it contains several seconds of footage outside and inside Buck Atom's Cosmic Curios on 66 gift shop in Tulsa. The music video is for "Write You a Song," which is on a forthcoming Hanson album titled "Red Green Blue." The video … Continue reading Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios in Tulsa makes an appearance in a new Hanson music video

Owner of The Outsiders House Museum in Tulsa to open an Airbnb across the street

The owner of the Outsiders House Museum in Tulsa soon will open a similarly themed Airbnb across the street so tourists can stay in the neighborhood overnight. Danny Boy O'Connor, owner of the house and museum, will call the Airbnb site at 728 N. St. Louis Ave. the Greaser Hideout, a reference to where Ponyboy … Continue reading Owner of The Outsiders House Museum in Tulsa to open an Airbnb across the street

Band’s music video features Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios as a backdrop

Oklahoma-based punk-pop band Thru It All recently shot a music video for "Irrelevant," a song from its forthcoming EP, that features that city's Buck Atom's Cosmic Curios on 66 prominently. The moments with Mary Beth Babcock's shop -- and its huge Buck Atom fiberglass statue -- begin about the 30-second mark. https://youtu.be/kx2eFB7lUqA I recognized several … Continue reading Band’s music video features Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios as a backdrop

Buck Atom’s Crash Pad in Tulsa makes list of Airbnb’s ‘Quirkiest Roadside Attractions’

Buck Atom's Crash Pad, which sits behind Buck Atom's Cosmic Curios on Route 66 in Tulsa and its specially made Muffler Man, made a list of Airbnb's "Quirkiest Roadside Attractions." The other quirky Airbnb sites are a cave, a cowboy boots factory, a lighthouse, a yurt, a castle, a railroad boxcar, a treehouse and a … Continue reading Buck Atom’s Crash Pad in Tulsa makes list of Airbnb’s ‘Quirkiest Roadside Attractions’

Tulsa Route 66 Commission requests $1.5M in federal funds for new signs, more parking

The chief of the Tulsa Route 66 Commission is requesting $1.5 million in funds from the coronavirus-related American Rescue Plan for new directional signs and more parking spaces along Route 66 in the city. Ken Busby, CEO of the commission, explained his reasoning to KTUL-TV in Tulsa: "One of the things that we still hear … Continue reading Tulsa Route 66 Commission requests $1.5M in federal funds for new signs, more parking

Robot on 66 statue installed in Oklahoma City near Tower Theatre

Oklahoma's lieutenant governor on Thursday presided over the dedication of an 8-foot-tall replica of a classic toy robot along Route 66 in Oklahoma City in front of the historic Tower Theatre. This is the second big robot along the Mother Road in Oklahoma. The first is stationed at the Buck Atom's Cosmic Curios on Route … Continue reading Robot on 66 statue installed in Oklahoma City near Tower Theatre

Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios on Route 66 opens Airbnb behind the property

The owner of the Buck Atom's Cosmic Curios on Route 66 shop in Tulsa has opened an Airbnb in a century-old house directly behind the property. It's called Buck's Cosmic Crash Pad on Route 66. The 1917 three-bedroom house goes for $137 a night. A description from the listing: Experience a one of a kind … Continue reading Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios on Route 66 opens Airbnb behind the property

Buck Atom fiberglass giant in Tulsa gets its own face mask

Leave it to Mary Beth Babcock to find some high-profile levity during a worldwide pandemic. Babcock last week added a large bandanna mask to her 21-foot-tall Buck Atom fiberglass statue at her Buck Atom's Cosmic Curios on 66 shop in Tulsa in response to the city imposing a mask mandate amid a rise in coronavirus … Continue reading Buck Atom fiberglass giant in Tulsa gets its own face mask