Classen Inn in Oklahoma City reopens with a colorful, restorative makeover

The Classen Inn in Oklahoma City reopened three weeks ago after undergoing a $2 million face-lift that accentuates its Googie design and early 1960s roots. The 17-room motel sits at 820 N. Classen Blvd. (map here), about a mile south of the 1926-1930 alignment of Route 66 on Classen. According to The Oklahoman newspaper, owners … Continue reading Classen Inn in Oklahoma City reopens with a colorful, restorative makeover

Charcoal Oven restaurant soon will resurface on Oklahoma City’s Route 66

The Charcoal Oven restaurant in Oklahoma City -- best known for its terrific neon sign -- that closed four years ago will resurface soon along a Route 66 alignment in that town. Don't expect that neon sign to make a return, though. OKCTalk.com, which is plugged into business happenings in that region, tweeted out the … Continue reading Charcoal Oven restaurant soon will resurface on Oklahoma City’s Route 66

Statue of Liberty replicas contain their own historical cachet

A story in the Tulsa World over the weekend sent me down a rabbit hole to find more about small-but-nicely-crafted replicas of the Statue of Liberty that were installed in 200 towns across America seven decades ago. The Tulsa newspaper noted the 8 1/2-foot-tall Statue of Liberty at 17th Street and South Harvard Avenue in … Continue reading Statue of Liberty replicas contain their own historical cachet

Mutts Hot Dogs building in Oklahoma City slated to be demolished

The storm-damaged and closed Mutts Hot Dogs building in Oklahoma City soon soon soon be demolished to make way for a shopping center. OKCTalk reported the new owner of the building at 1400 NW 23rd St. (aka Route 66) filed plans to raze the 1960s building after buying it in September for $500,000. The plan … Continue reading Mutts Hot Dogs building in Oklahoma City slated to be demolished

Oklahoma seeks updates on its inventory of Route 66 structures in two counties

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 … Continue reading Oklahoma seeks updates on its inventory of Route 66 structures in two counties

Lake Overholser Bridge in Oklahoma City reopens to traffic after 3-month closing

The historic Lake Overholser Bridge on Oklahoma City's west side reopened to traffic Friday after repair work and a three-month closure. According to a news release from the city government Thursday: A contractor replaced damaged structural gusset plates on the historic steel truss bridge. Engineers performing a routine inspection in September discovered the damage, prompting … Continue reading Lake Overholser Bridge in Oklahoma City reopens to traffic after 3-month closing

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

Oklahoma City’s first-ever historic preservation plan is posted online

In October, The Oklahoman reported about a forthcoming and first-ever historic preservation plan for Oklahoma City. The newspaper reported: The 141-page draft was reviewed last week in a workshop attended by members of the city council, the Historic Preservation Commission and the Planning Commission.It is entering a period of public comment, heading toward hearings by … Continue reading Oklahoma City’s first-ever historic preservation plan is posted online

Drive-through demolished at Gold Dome of Oklahoma City

Work crews this week razed the drive-through portion of the historic Gold Dome in Oklahoma City, but the situation is not as grave as you might think. Several media outlets reported the drive-through part of the former bank along Route 66 is not historic and actually was hampering efforts to secure and market the property. … Continue reading Drive-through demolished at Gold Dome of Oklahoma City

Lake Overholser Bridge in OKC closed to traffic after problem found

The Lake Overholser Bridge in Oklahoma City recently was closed to vehicular traffic after an inspector found a problem in the historic Route 66 span. Longtime Route 66 advocate Kathy Anderson posted this message on Facebook from Melvena Heisch, a recently retired Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Officer: All, just heard back from the City Planning … Continue reading Lake Overholser Bridge in OKC closed to traffic after problem found