Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Route 66 - Day 16 - Claremore, OK Bristow, OK

Route 66 - Part 1
Day 16 Claremore to Bristow
65 Actual Miles / 1750 Actual Elevation
Due to a hotel change for the rest day to the Will Rogers Inn, 940 S Lynn Riggs Blvd, Claremore, OK, the mileage for today is supposed to be 2.2miles less than posted.


Cherokee Kid - A nickname for Will Rogers, who was part Cherokee Indian. A bronze sculpture of Will Rogers on horseback that stands in his hometown of Oologah, OK.
Dog Iron Ranch - Open to the public, Will Rogers' 400-acre boyhood home includes a house, barn, petting zoo, and a lot more. Oologah is approximately 13 miles from Claremore, site of the Will Rogers Memorial.

            Arrowood Trading Post - Former trading post just across the highway from the Blue Whale of Catoosa. Also known as the Chief Wolf Robe Trading Post.
Blue Whale - A true roadside attraction of the old school, the Blue Whale of Catoosa is the centerpiece of a small 1970s-era animal themed water park built by Hugh Davis, a curator at the Tulsa Zoo. The whale sits at the edge of a pond with several picnic tables nearby. Back in the day, Route 66 motorists in the mood for a swim could enter the whale's mouth, and from there make a splash into the pond either by diving from the whale's tail fin, or by sliding down a chute on one side. The park was closed circa 1980 and remained idle for many years. In 2002, the whale and other features of the park were refurbished by volunteers from the family of the original curators, with a little help from the Hampton Inn Brand of Hilton Hotels, as part of the Save-A-Landmark program.
I wonder how many other tourists have posed the same way as Rich?

Catoosa, the furthest inland seaport in the US, is linked, by way of impressively engineered improvements to the Arkansas River system, to the Gulf of Mexico. The McClellan-Kerr Navigation System is a 445-mile waterway. There is the Arkansas River Historical Society Museum (5350 Cimarron Road) which can educate you on this construction project.
            Catoosa Historical Museum – 207  Cherokee Street – An old RR depot with a “Ship it on the Frisco” caboose.

Blue Dome Gas Station  – 2nd and Elgin - An automotive service station on an old alignment of 66 in Tulsa distinguished by its blue-domed roofline.
            Center of the Universe - In the roadside attraction tradition of "mystery spots," this is a location at the apex of a pedestrian walkway downtown that has odd acoustical properties. Stand on the spot, speak in a normal tone of voice, and your words will strongly reverberate back to you. It's on the Boston Avenue walkway between First and Archer Streets.
            Golden Driller – 21st Street west of Yale – A 76-foot-tall statue of an oil worker that stands at the Tulsa fairgrounds. Pays tribute to Tulsa’s oil heritage (the former “Oil Capitol of the World”)
            Meadow Gold - A brand name, part of Beatrice Foods. Notable because there was an enormous "Meadow Gold" neon sign (20-by-40-foot) in Tulsa, OK, at the southwest corner of 11th Ave (Route 66) and Lewis. When the owner of the building on which the sign was mounted announced his intention to remove the icon, there was a groundswell of local support for the sign's preservation in 2004. Those preservation efforts led to the sign's dismantling and storage, and the identification of a new site for its eventual reassembly and display.

Gilcrease Museum [918-596-2700] - Bought with the fortune benefactor Thomas Gilcrease made when oil was discovered on his land, the collection includes some of the most important works of Western American art and sculpture, with major works by Thomas Moran, George Catlin, and others, plus Native American artifacts and early maps that put the frontier region into its historical contexts.
            New Atlas Grill - 415 S. Boston Street [918-583-3111] You can still get a feel for the old days downtown at this retro 1920s restaurant serving full breakfasts plus soups, salads, and lunchtime sandwiches in an Art Decco tower.
            Tally’s Good Food Café - 1102 S. Yale Avenue [918-835-8039] A retro-Route 66 diner with good honest food.
Rancho Grande – Vintage neon sign of lasso-twirling vaquero and a cactus
Desert Hills Hotel - 5520 East 11th Street – A classic neon sign
Rich's bike on Route 66 in Tulsa, OK

            Route 66 Mingo Greenway – at the intersection of East 11th Street and Mingo Road – a mile long park on the 1926-32 alignment, with walking trails, interpretive information and picnic tables.

            Cultural Crossroads – 11th Street at Yale – Engaging all four corners of the 1920s Tudor Revival neighborhood, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, you’ll find heritage murals, Tally’s Route 66 Café, and a Route 66 Deli.
 The Oasis Motel's classic neon sign.
Red Fork
            Red Fork - A small community southwest of Tulsa, OK. Oil was discovered there in 1901, an event which led to a boom period for Tulsa and the rest of the area. Route 66 Transportation Village /Route 66 Station. A 154-foot oil derrick replica has been built to attract the eye from a distance, and on site you’ll find a 1941 Frisco 4500 steam locomotive, a Pullman car, a caboose, and interpretive displays.
Ollie’s Station Restaurant



            Giant Coke Bottle – Frankhoma Rd and OK-66 – at the “Tribute to Sapulpa Industry and workers.”
            Rock Creek Bridge - Circa-1921, this bridge is a reminder of what the old roads were really like—120 feet long yet only 12 feet wide, the truss is rusty by the bridge still stands as a proud reminder of the original 1920s Route 66.            

Frankoma Pottery - Pottery company with a distinctive style that has been operating on an old alignment of Route 66 since the 1930s.
            Diamond Bart’s Café - 408 North Mission Street – Formerly Norma’s Café, reopened as Diamond Bart’s after Norma passed on has been serving travelers of the Mother Road for years.
            Sapulpa Historical Museum - 100 E. Lee Street – It is housed in a circa-1910 YMCA building and features an 1890s-era kitchen and schoolroom, a telephone exhibit and items pertaining to the Frisco Railroad.

Former cotton gin

Bristow Motor Company building with plaster sculptures of “spoke wheels” on the façade
Wake Island Memorial
Bristow Historical Museum – E. 7th Street – Railroad Depot
Anchor Inn – 630 S. Roland – burgers since 1950
Giant Penguin at the Chrysler Dealer
            Russ’s Ribs 233 S. Main Street [918-367-5656] Home to some of the best barbecue sandwiches. Also makes some excellent deli sandwiches.

We are staying at the Carolyn Inn, just on the edge of the town of Bristow. Looks like we will be taking orders and picking up food since the restaurants are 1/2 mile from the hotel. But on the upside, there is a surprise for everyone, since we got pies from the Hammett House in Claremore, OK for happy hour. We got Lemon Pecan; Coconut Cream; German Chocolate; and Peanut Chocolate Chip pies.!

Tomorrow we are off to Edmond. OK.

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