Sapulpa lights up its first Tree of Hope for the holiday

The city of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, held a ceremonial lighting Tuesday evening of its inaugural, 26-foot-tall Tree of Hope and other Christmas-themed decor in its downtown area. About 100 people attended the event for the tree-lighting, which featured a Route 66-themed topper, reported the Sapulpa Times. Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell, who oversees the state's tourism department, … Continue reading Sapulpa lights up its first Tree of Hope for the holiday

RoadTripOK crew posts finale of its 52-week video series

The RoadTripOK crew this week posted its final video from a yearlong weekly series of attractions in Oklahoma, including several along Route 66. Two of the destinations are in the Route 66 town of Oklahoma City: the Oklahoma State Capitol Tourism Information Center, which has many Oklahoma travel souvenirs and free travel brochures and maps, … Continue reading RoadTripOK crew posts finale of its 52-week video series

AAA Oklahoma to launch early celebration of Route 66’s centennial

AAA Oklahoma will get an early start on the 2026 centennial of Route 66 by launching the U.S. 66 Road Fest event from Tulsa to Oklahoma City next year. According to a news release from AAA, the festival starting in mid-June 2021 also will include all the communities along Route 66's 420 miles in the Sooner … Continue reading AAA Oklahoma to launch early celebration of Route 66’s centennial

Golf event by Oklahoma lieutenant governor to benefit Threatt Station

Some proceeds from Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell's annual Luau on the Green and golf tournament later this month will benefit the historic Threatt Filling Station along Route 66 near Luther, Oklahoma. The family that owns the station made the announcement on Facebook a few days ago. They stated: We are honored, thankful and excited … Continue reading Golf event by Oklahoma lieutenant governor to benefit Threatt Station

Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios in Tulsa throws the switch on its new neon sign

Buck Atom's Cosmic Curios on Route 66 in Tulsa threw the switch on its new neon signs Wednesday evening during an event broadcast live on the internet because of the coronavirus pandemic. About 300 people tuned in on Facebook Live to watch the ceremony, which included honky-tonk music from Jacob Tovar and a documentary about … Continue reading Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios in Tulsa throws the switch on its new neon sign

Route 66 stakeholders trade ideas at Oklahoma’s first Route 66 Convention

A bunch of Route 66 business owners or advocates of that historic highway gathered this week at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City for the first Route 66 Convention in that state. The event was shepherded by Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell, who also runs the state's tourism department and has made boosting visitorship in … Continue reading Route 66 stakeholders trade ideas at Oklahoma’s first Route 66 Convention

Art-installation tribute to Muffler Men goes up on Route 66 near Calumet

A California-based artist recently conceived of cutout paintings of Muffler Men that recently were erected along old Route 66 in Calumet, Oklahoma. John Cerney of Salinas, California, who has art pieces all over the United States, creates a piece of public art he gives away once a year. As collaborator Scott Farmer of Sculpture Island … Continue reading Art-installation tribute to Muffler Men goes up on Route 66 near Calumet

Oklahoma senator says he’ll withdraw bill to rename a part of Route 66 for Trump

One day after the bill was introduced, an Oklahoma state senator withdrew a proposal to rename a stretch of Route 66 as President Donald J. Trump Highway after the measure received widespread criticism from Route 66 fans and fellow lawmakers, including Trump's supporters. State Sen. Nathan Dahm (R-Broken Arrow) said Wednesday he would withdraw the … Continue reading Oklahoma senator says he’ll withdraw bill to rename a part of Route 66 for Trump

Officials dedicate Route 66 Rising sculpture in Tulsa

Several area officials, including Oklahoma's lieutenant governor and Tulsa's mayor, helped dedicate the enormous Route 66 Rising sculpture Tuesday at Avery Traffic Circle in Tulsa. The $682,000 sculpture, paid for with Vision 2025 sales-tax money in Tulsa County, is about 70 feet long and 30 feet tall. It sits at Mingo Road and Admiral Place, … Continue reading Officials dedicate Route 66 Rising sculpture in Tulsa

Oklahoma’s No. 2 official pledges to make Route 66 tourism a top priority

Oklahoma's lieutenant governor said the state's tourism bureau will be going "all-in" and "doubling down" on promoting Route 66 in the Sooner State. Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell, who also serves as chairman of the state's tourism commission, made the remarks this week during a tour of Route 66 sites in Tulsa. Public Radio Tulsa reported: … Continue reading Oklahoma’s No. 2 official pledges to make Route 66 tourism a top priority