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Oklahoma Route 66

Elk City and the
National Rt. 66 Museum

Oklahoma Route 66

 

Old Canute Gas Station

The Road to Elk City

Route 66 in this part of Oklahoma is quite drivable and provides an enjoyable alternative to the fast paced super slab; that is if you pay attention to all the twists and turns of the old road. That's sometimes hard to do when you keep coming across great roadside relics like this old gas station in Canute, Oklahoma just a few miles east of Elk City.

Castles and diamonds decorate the top of this old gas station in Canute, Oklahoma.

         
Elk City is a Route 66 town from the git-go. In 1931 the US Highway 66 Association held its annual convention here. More than 20,000 people attended too! That's a pretty sizable crowd for those days I'm thinking. Elk City is also the site of the Old Town Museum. In its many years of operation it has expanded to include a Route 66 museum.

Elk City National Route 66 Museum

           
Myrtle Kachina The National Route 66 Museum celebrates Route 66, not only in Oklahoma, but all eight Route 66 states. The museum focuses on the people who lived, worked and traveled the Mother Road and offers the road wanderer a walk through all eight states. The realistic murals and exhibits feature vintage automobiles and antiques from the hey-day of Route 66.
        
Elk City Route 66 Museum

Elk City Museum Map of Route 66

        
The National Route 66 Museum has a great gift shop. Books, trinkets, and all sorts of memorabilia can be found here. Route 66 road icon Wanda Queenan works in the gift shop and can help you with your purchases. I know she helped me. Wanda and her husband Reese opened the Queenan Trading Post in Elk City in 1948. That trading post became a well-known landmark in the area.

Wanda Quenan

     

   

Elk City Neon

Elk City Route 66 Museum Neon

The new Route 66 Neon is one of the most recent attractions of the Elk City National Route 66 Museum.

 

Photographs Taken May, June 2003

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Travel Cyber Route 66 in Oklahoma

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NAVIGATION NOTE: Buckle up and hold on to your mouse! These pages are arranged like the map above, from the western state border to the eastern state border. I have set up this site as if you were traveling from EAST to WEST, much like the Joad family in The Grapes of Wrath. You can click on the Route 66 shields to "travel" the Mother Road in either direction though. Or you can select any shield below to take you to that specific state.

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