New video cites Route 66 as a reason for Tulsa to land a Tesla truck plant

Tulsa is vying to land a new Tesla Motors truck plant against Austin, Texas. Tulsa looked for a way to separate itself from its competitor. With the help of the Route 66 Alliance and founder Michael Wallis, they came up with this two-minute video: https://youtu.be/2xKWhn66Fbc Elon Musk, Tesla's CEO, voiced his approval of Tulsa's efforts … Continue reading New video cites Route 66 as a reason for Tulsa to land a Tesla truck plant

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300 drive-in theaters to screen a one-night-only concert of Garth Brooks

Country music superstar Garth Brooks will perform a one-night-only show at 300 drive-in theaters across the United States, including one at the Admiral Twin Drive-In in Tulsa, a Route 66 landmark. The show will be beamed to the theaters beginning at dusk on June 27. Some details weren't known, but several drive-in theaters stated the … Continue reading 300 drive-in theaters to screen a one-night-only concert of Garth Brooks

A chat with Mary Beth Babcock, owner of Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios on Route 66

Last week, Tim Landes of TulsaPeople magazine sat down for a chat with Mary Beth Babcock, owner of the Buck Atom's Cosmic Curios on 66 shop in Tulsa. For the uninitiated, the gift shop in a repurposed gas station at 1347 E. 11th St. (aka Route 66) not only commissioned its own Muffler Man fiberglass … Continue reading A chat with Mary Beth Babcock, owner of Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios on Route 66

Retiring Public Radio Tulsa director plans books on Route 66 motels, theaters in Tulsa

Pierce Pennant Terminal in Tulsa Steve Clem, operations director at Public Radio Tulsa for 11 years, retired last week from his post and is planning two books about defunct theaters and Route 66 motels in that city. During a Q&A session with his now-former employer, Clem revealed about projects he has in the hopper: PRT: … Continue reading Retiring Public Radio Tulsa director plans books on Route 66 motels, theaters in Tulsa

Tulsa wants its own Route 66 asset survey to account for city’s older alignment

The Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office will conduct a survey of historic assets along Route 66, but the Tulsa Route 66 Commission wants to conduct its own survey that includes the city's older alignment near downtown. According to Public Radio Tulsa: The state is taking an inventory of structures like movie theaters, gas stations and … Continue reading Tulsa wants its own Route 66 asset survey to account for city’s older alignment

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

Tulsa gives on up on trying to save Brookshire Motel, will try to save sign instead

The Tulsa Route 66 Commission has given up trying to save the closed Brookshire Motel after a fire scorched it for the third time in 15 months. It instead will focus on trying to buy and preserve its neon sign. A man's body was found on the property after the latest fire last week. According … Continue reading Tulsa gives on up on trying to save Brookshire Motel, will try to save sign instead

New Route Historical 66 Village neon sign lights the sky in Tulsa

The Route 66 Historical Village in southwest Tulsa lighted its new neon sign a few days ago -- one of at least a dozen new or restored neon signs along the historic highway in that city. Tulsa-area resident Susan Yates shared this short video and another clip of the animated sign on Facebook. Here's a … Continue reading New Route Historical 66 Village neon sign lights the sky in Tulsa

66 Drive-In Theatre in Carthage, Sky View Drive-In in Litchfield will open Friday

The 66 Drive-In Theatre in Carthage, Missouri, and Sky View Drive-In in Litchfield, Illinois, will open belatedly for the season Friday after the coronavirus delayed it by several weeks. According to its website, the 66 Drive-In will screen "Doolittle" and "I Still Believe." The 66 will be the only movie venue in that part of … Continue reading 66 Drive-In Theatre in Carthage, Sky View Drive-In in Litchfield will open Friday

New retro sign goes up at Josh Stout Gallery in southwest Tulsa

A new but retro-looking sign for Josh Stout Gallery lighted the night for the first time Tuesday evening in the Red Fork neighborhood just off Route 66 in southwest Tulsa. Stout, who specializes in creating sculptures and paintings, said in a telephone interview Tuesday he moved his gallery from his home in March into the … Continue reading New retro sign goes up at Josh Stout Gallery in southwest Tulsa