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Old 09-22-2018, 07:30 PM
 
Location: SF Giants Nation 2010◆2012◆2014
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I’m looking for suggestions for each of the states along Route 66, and I’m posting separately for these states. What along Route 66 that is worth seeing? We’ll be driving from east to west.

This will be an epic road trip a year from today, early September 2019, from Chicago to LA. When it’s all done we will have covered over 5,000 miles and 17 states — the 8 states of Route 66 plus 9 other states just driving from San Francisco to Chicago to the start of Route 66. It will be one big clockwise loop, San Francisco to Chicago, to LA, and back home.

The car? It's a special one, a classic that’s been in our family for 25 years — a 1963 Porsche 356 convertible. The car? It's a special one, a classic that’s been in our family for 25 years — a 1963 Porsche 356 convertible. His name is “Manfred”. Yes Manfred may be a little old, but he’s a good running car. We’ e taken Manfred on long trips before, 1,500 miles, but never before this long. It’ll be riskier in a car this old, but we’ll be flexible and we’ll be prepared. It will be part of the adventure.

So our trip will be “Route 66 in a 56-Year Old 356” — it sort of has a ring to it.

There’s a lot of Route 66 information out there and I’ve been researching for months already. I want to hear from you CDers and your experiences.

When driving from Chicago to LA, US Route through OK: is about 376 miles long in Oklahoma, from Quapaw OK to Texola OK

— Where do you suggest we go?
— What do you recommend we do and see?
— Where are decent places to stay?
— Where are great places to eat?

Go!

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Old 09-22-2018, 07:32 PM
 
Location: SF Giants Nation 2010◆2012◆2014
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Hello, meet Manfred! We’re almost always top down when we drive him, except for when it’s rainy. Even when it’s cold outside we just bundle up and keep the top down. Here are some other Manfred memory pics over the years. And with this epic road trip, we’ll build some more memories.

If you are along Route 66 in Oklahoma and want to meet up, for coffee or a meal or a beer, let me know. It’d be very nice meeting some CDers on this trip. We've met other CDers, and it has been very nice making those connections.

Woo-hoo, this’ll be a fun road trip!

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Old 09-22-2018, 07:41 PM
 
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Hello, meet Manfred! We’re almost always top down when we drive him, except for when it’s rainy. Even when it’s cold outside we just bundle up and keep the top down. Here are some other Manfred memory pics over the years. And with this epic road trip, we’ll build some more memories.

If you are along Route 66 in Oklahoma and want to meet up, for coffee or a meal or a beer, let me know. It’d be very nice meeting some CDers on this trip. We've met other CDers, and it has been very nice making those connections.

Woo-hoo, this’ll be a fun road trip!

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There is a small Route 66 museum in Clinton, OK. It has some neat stuff about the history of The Mother Road. BTW, Cool car!
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Old 09-22-2018, 07:45 PM
 
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Found this old pic taken along Route 66 in Oklahoma.

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Old 09-22-2018, 09:11 PM
 
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A classic photo. Is that you redbird?
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Old 09-22-2018, 09:37 PM
 
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Route 66 becomes scenic just to the northeast of Oklahoma City. The round barn is interesting.
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Old 09-22-2018, 11:58 PM
 
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You'll want to try Pops right outside Arcadia. It has every bottled cola you can think of.

Get yourself an RC and a Moonpie.
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Old 09-23-2018, 01:50 AM
 
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A classic photo. Is that you redbird?
LOL, no that is not me.

But I once met Ben Davidson at that Route 66 Museum. People from Germany would rent bikes and travel the Mother Road. My family made the trip from Los Angeles to Oklahoma at least a dozen times in the 60s.
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Old 09-23-2018, 10:14 AM
 
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Thank you for your replies so far. Good info. Before (east of) Oklahoma City there are many things to see, while west of Oklahoma City the features and sites are spread farther apart. I believe we’ll be going more slowly and spending more days in the 900-some miles east of Oklahoma City than in the 1,400-some miles west of there.
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Old 09-23-2018, 11:11 AM
 
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Thank you for your replies so far. Good info. Before (east of) Oklahoma City there are many things to see, while west of Oklahoma City the features and sites are spread farther apart. I believe we’ll be going more slowly and spending more days in the 900-some miles east of Oklahoma City than in the 1,400-some miles west of there.

The scenery changes quite drastically at OKC because you transition from the plains to a forest (the cross timbers).

In western Oklahoma going west to east.

-The Texola jail is on the border of Texas an just north of 66 in town.
-Erick, OK was the home of Roger Miller (King of the Road song) and Sheb Wooley (Purple people eaters song and was an actor on the show "Rawhide". There is a museum there for those guys.
- Sayre Oklahoma. The Courthouse was shown in the 1939 movie "Grapes of Wrath" as the Joads moved west.
- Elk City, OK has a national Route 66 museum that has a car display that you might like
-Clinton, OK- Another nice museum that is worth a look (these two museums are 30 minutes apart).
Across the street in Clinton is the Tradewinds Motel. Elvis had a dedicated room that he stayed in on his trips between Memphis and LA.
White Dog Hill is a restaurant that used to be a 1920s era country club and speak easy. It's not fancy and it's only open Wed, Thurs, Friday, Sat night and takes reservations and is pricey. One of the cooler restaurants in OK.
- Weatherford Ok has Lucille's restaurant which is built to honor Lucille's roadhouse about 5 miles further east in Hydro, OK. The restaurant is a cute 50's 66 style hamburger place with another, fancier dining room for steaks and stuff. Lucille Hamon owned the road house which was an iconic place on the road from 1940 and 2000 until her death. The building is still there just west of Hydro on 66.
- El Reno is probably the most famous place in the world for Onion burgers which they say they invented. There are a couple of good places downtown to try one. They were invented there during the depression and have become an Okie delicacy.
- Yukon is the home of Garth Brooks and is a Czech stronghold in Oklahoma. Famous for Kolachis. They also have a flour mill right downtown that is iconic. So much that the local HS's team is known as "The Millers".
-Bethany OK has a stretch of '60s type of stuff. Most famous place for '66 tourists is an eating place called Ann's. If it's too busy, Jacks BBQ is close by. It's been there since the '60s.
- The 66 route through OKC was changed so many times I can't really help you. OKC has enough things there you either need to dedicate some time to it or skip it entirely and move on.
- Arcadia- The Round Barn may be the most famous spot on the road in OK. They have tours and activities there a lot of the time.
-Pops- mentioned previously.
VW museum is also in that area although it's just some guy. Don't know how accessible it is.
- Wellston- Has what some people say is the best BBQ in the state of Oklahoma in what is not much more than a roadside stand.
- Stroud- Rock House restaurant is probably the most famous restaurant on the route through Oklahoma
-Bristow- This area is famous for Lebanese Cuisine. There are several in the area and this one and the one in the next town Sapulpa are both two of the more famous.


That gets you to Tulsa. Tulsa has a more defined route on '66 and has some interesting art deco and a couple of 66 eating establishments.
I think Catoosa has the blue whale that is famous.

Claremore was the home area of Will Rogers and that's where his museum is located. Again, a couple of 66 diner type places that are well known.

I have only been on the road a couple of times past Claremore. So my memory is a bit foggy about what's there between Clarmore and Miami, OK.

Miami has a famous theater (the Coleman) that dates back many decades. It has a restaurant called the Ku Ku which is that last surviving restaurant of a chain that dates from the 50s and 60s.

Commerce- Boyhood home of baseball star Mickey Mantle (museum).

Pitcher- Recently a ghost town due to lead and zinc poisoning. You can still see the piles of chat around what's left of the town.......but stay away.

I'm sure there is much much more. Have fun.
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