Newest neon sign revealed in Tulsa’s Route 66 neon-sign grant program

A Tulsa design firm recently provided a sneak peek of the newest sign to be a part of that city's Route 66 neon-sign grant program. Brethren Design Co. posted on Instagram an image of the neon sign for a new location for one of the Chicken and the Wolf restaurants at Harvard Avenue and 11th … Continue reading Newest neon sign revealed in Tulsa’s Route 66 neon-sign grant program

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

Route 66 Road Fest in Tulsa used a driverless shuttle bus

The recently completed Route 66 Road Fest in Tulsa featured on particular oddity -- a driverless shuttle bus to help visitors get to and from the festival. You can see the shuttle operate in this local news report: https://youtu.be/ZDHtJ_0exNI News 6 reported it was the first such driverless shuttle in the state. The shuttle was … Continue reading Route 66 Road Fest in Tulsa used a driverless shuttle bus

Route 66 pedestrian underpass in Chelsea reopens to the public

The historic pedestrian tunnel under Route 66 in Chelsea, Oklahoma, recently reopened to the public after vandalism forced its closing about a year ago. The Oklahoma Route 66 Association made the announcement of the reopening of the underpass: The tunnel was refurbished in 2016 with a Route 66-style mural that spotlights Chelsea landmarks. The tunnel … Continue reading Route 66 pedestrian underpass in Chelsea reopens to the public

Tulsa artist makes striking new poster featuring Will Rogers, Route 66

Longtime Tulsa residents know of William Franklin and his artistic talents. But his latest creation that's offered for sale at his Decopolis gift store is particularly notable, especially to Route 66 fans. Franklin stated in a recent Facebook post: Every once in a while ya get lucky and come up with an idea that is … Continue reading Tulsa artist makes striking new poster featuring Will Rogers, Route 66

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

Josey Records’ animated neon sign in Tulsa is 40th to go through Route 66 grant program

Josey Records in Tulsa recently became the 40th entity that's benefited from the city's Route 66 neon-sign grant program. Josey Records, at 1020 S. Rockford Ave. at East 11th Street (aka Route 66), and its new, animated neon sign were featured by the Tulsa Route 66 Commission on social media: A few days later, the … Continue reading Josey Records’ animated neon sign in Tulsa is 40th to go through Route 66 grant program

Big Route 66 mural completed at Tulsa Welding School

A local artist recently completed a 722-square-foot, Route 66-themed mural on the side of the Tulsa Welding School along the East 11th Street alignment of Route 66. Sarah Thompson finished the mural earlier this month. It features Tulsa landmarks such as the Meadow Gold sign, Desert Hills Motel and the Oasis Motel. According to Yahoo! … Continue reading Big Route 66 mural completed at Tulsa Welding School

New Route 66 sign installed at Tulsa Fire Station 66

Tulsa Fire Station 66 on the city's east side recently installed a repurposed Route 66 sign there that lights up a night. According to News on 6 in Tulsa: Someone donated the new sign, to help boost tourism on Route 66.Fire Chief Michael Baker flipped the switch on Thursday night and turned on the sign for the … Continue reading New Route 66 sign installed at Tulsa Fire Station 66

Historic Herring Hotel in Amarillo will be restored and reopened

The historic but long-closed Herring Hotel in downtown Amarillo, Texas, recently landed new owners that plan to restore and reopen the 14-story building within the next three years. Tipped off by a reader, county property records indicate the building was acquired by Herring Hotel Development Co. LLC in October via a warranty deed. A new … Continue reading Historic Herring Hotel in Amarillo will be restored and reopened