Mother Road Marathon planned for third year

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Jan 092012

Planning is under way for the third Mother Road Marathon, despite a drop last year in the number of participants.

Last year’s Mother Road Marathon cost the city about $31,000 after paying all the bills for the event, according to figures compiled by the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Income, mostly from entry fees, amounted to $32,719, while expenses totaled $63,678, according to Patrick Tuttle, director of the tourism bureau.

It was the second year for the event. The marathon is promoted as the only one along historic Route 66 that treks through three states, starting at Commerce, Okla., going through Cherokee County, Kan., and ending in Joplin.

In 2010, the local bureau spent $30,000, with $20,000 going to hire a promoter, Reinke Sports Group of Winter Park, Fla., to attract participants and provide the awards, prizes and final ceremonies for the inaugural marathon. The city’s relationship with Reinke Sports Group dissolved in a disagreement over ownership of the marketing rights and responsibilities for the labor to put on the run. The city ended up paying Reinke an additional $30,000 to settle those claims and to ensure that it owned the marketing rights.

Dean Reinke was allowed to collect entry fees for the first run, but he also paid much of the costs, including advertising and prizes, said former bureau director Vince Lindstrom. Lindstrom said Reinke never disclosed what he took in or spent from the entry fees. Entry fees have ranged from $30 to $60, depending on the event entered. The initial run attracted about 1,500 participants. Tuttle said last year’s event drew 641 runners: 138 for the full marathon, 292 for the half-marathon and 211 for the 5K run.

Tuttle attributed the decrease in runners last year largely to the impact of the May 22 tornado.

“The perception of some runners was the race wasn’t going to happen, and that was hard to overcome once implanted,” he said. There was a misperception that lodging and restaurants would not be available to the runners, and that volunteers would be focused on tornado recovery and would not be available to put on the event, he said.

Marketing of the event also got a late start because of the dispute with Reinke and the retirement of race founder Lindstrom.

As for expenses last year, costs associated with producing the race such as course certification, equipment, traffic control, transportation for runners before and after the race, and other services and materials amounted to nearly $31,000, according to Tuttle’s figures.

Other categories of expenses included advertising, about $18,000; meals and festivities, including awards, food, beverages and entertainment for the runners, $10,000; and costs to maintain and buy software for the event’s website, nearly $5,000.

Tuttle said the date of this year’s event is Sunday, Oct. 14. That date was selected to keep the event from conflicting with the Chicago Marathon, which is slated for Oct. 7 and draws thousands of runners.

Tuttle has already launched advertising to try to attract runners and plans to attend regional running events to help get the word out. He said the Joplin Roadrunners club is assisting with that effort.

By Debby Woodin – Globe Staff Writer The Joplin Globe

Reviving Route 66 in Tulsa is new task force’s goal

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Jan 082012

Tulsa has never realized the full economic development and tourism potential from its 24 miles of historic Route 66.

So Councilor Blake Ewing is creating a task force to help the city embrace the opportunities that come from its place along the Mother Road.

“There’s Route 66 travel maps that bypass Tulsa,” he said with frustration. “Motorists hop on Interstate 44 at Catoosa to cut through the city and then reconnect with Route 66 from there.”

Many leaders have championed Arkansas River development in recent years, with Route 66 (tracking along on 11th Street) falling by the wayside, Ewing said.

“I’m not trying to usurp river momentum,” he said. “I’m excited about that, too. But to me, this is lower-hanging fruit. It’s here and it’s underutilized. We don’t have to put water in it to be successful.”

Creating a scene: The idea behind the task force, which would include Route 66 stakeholders, such as University of Tulsa, Hillcrest Medical Center, Bama Pie officials and neighborhood leaders, as well as city officials, is to look for ways to reinvigorate the pathway.

Some ideas include creating tax increment financing districts along Route 66 to help spur development, with the taxes generated being invested in improvements, and looking for federal Brownfield grants to clean up some of the vacant, dilapidated structures, Ewing said.

The councilor also envisions a fund being established for the city or the Tulsa Development Authority to purchase neglected properties and turn them into meeting locations for car clubs until they can be resold for commercial purposes.

Ewing said he also would like to encourage businesses along Route 66 to upgrade their signs to sleek neon versions to create a vibe.

This could be done by possibly creating a grant program to help business owners pay for the difference between a regular backlit sign and a neon version. Sign ordinance changes likely would be needed.

“Businesses will respond to these kinds of gestures,” he said. “When you add it all together, you create a scene that people want to be a part of.”

Vision 2025 investment: Route 66 hasn’t been completely ignored. In Tulsa County’s 2003 Vision 2025 package, $15 million was set aside for various improvements tied to a Route 66 master plan.

Completed so far are renovations to the Cyrus Avery Memorial Bridge – the former 11th Street Bridge – and the Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza and skywalk, at the east end of the bridge.

Avery was the former Tulsa County commissioner who is known as the father of the Mother Road because he lobbied Congress in 1926 to make it a 2,450-mile national highway that runs from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Some streetscaping projects along the route also have been finished.

Still to come is the Route 66 Interpretive Center at the plaza by Southwest Boulevard and Riverside Drive.

The museum has $2 million from Vision 2025 and $5 million from the 2006 third-penny sales tax package tied to it but is expected to need more in private funding. A feasibility study is under way, city planner Dennis Whitaker said.

A streetscaping project on 11th Street between 89th East Avenue to Garnett Road will soon begin.

It will include a kiosk at the intersection of 11th Street and Mingo Road that will tell the story of motor courts and how they evolved, along with other facets of Route 66 history, and wayfinding signs directing traffic.

Also this year, two Route 66 gateways will be built – one on the east side and one on the west side of Tulsa’s stretch – and a larger-than-life bronze sculpture will be installed at the plaza.

The sculpture, titled “East Meets West,” will depict the Avery family riding in a Model-T as they encounter a horse-drawn carriage on its way from the west Tulsa oil fields.

Whitaker, who will be part of the new task force, said that having public and private partners at the table will help take the master plan to the next level.

For all of Tulsa: The revitalization of Route 66 would not only benefit the five council districts it passes through, Ewing said, but also it would benefit the entire city by being an economic development and tourism engine.

Ewing owns numerous businesses in downtown’s Blue Dome District, including Joe Momma’s Pizza, Back Alley Blues & BBQ, Boomtown Tees and The Max Retropub.

His closest endeavor to Route 66 is The Phoenix Cafe, a coffee shop and used bookstore that will open at Sixth Street and Peoria Avenue soon.

Ewing said he would be considering his own Route 66 business investment if not for his role as a councilor in the task force.

“I don’t want my pursuing a personal development to compromise what I see as a much bigger thing for Tulsa,” he said. “But I see the potential, and I know other developers will, too.”

Author and historian Michael Wallis took Tulsa to task in his 1990 book “Route 66: The Mother Road” for not capitalizing on its Route 66 heritage.

“Tulsa gets much higher marks now,” he said. “There have been little victories here and there.”

But Ewing’s task force is exactly what’s needed to see the effort through.

“I’m usually dubious about politicians, but he’s standing behind his words and I’m excited,” Wallis said.

The lure of traveling Route 66 by car is powerful to domestic and foreign tourists and continues to grow, he said.

“A lot of people falsely think it’s about pure nostalgia,” he said.

But it’s much more than poodle skirts, cheeseburgers, James Dean and ’57 Chevys. Those are just a small slice of the pie.

“This is the classic American road trip, from the land of Lincoln to Hollywood. They get all the variance of terrain, culture, cuisine and music. Tulsa needs to stake its claim as part of that.”

By BRIAN BARBER World Staff Writer

Round Barn Rummage Sale

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Oct 132011

Anything we can do to help this historic site along Route 66….

Remember – all proceeds go to keeping this 100+ year old barn repaired, functioning, and open for all to see!

A note from the organizer:

Dear Round Barn Fans,
We will hold a rummage sale at the Barn to raise money for our endowment match on Sunday, November 6th from 10-5. Here is a chance to clean out those closets and garage! Please consider donating your gently used treasures (or household goods) or vintage or antique items for the sale. It is all tax deductible! Put it on your calendar to shop at the sale.

If you need items picked up call me at 330-9933. Help spread the word!

Thanks for helping the Barn!
Ann Young

Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program Grant Awards – 2011

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Aug 092011

Below is a liting of the (10) properties / businesses who were awarded Preservation Grants. PLEASE keep in mind these places do not get this money upfront – it is a ‘cost share program’ which means they need to spend a dollar to get a dollar. So, they still need help!! Either you can donate your dollars and/or time. They get a ‘cost per hour’ charge for every hour of work from volunteers – which turn into dollars they get from these grants. Check with the local proerty to see how you can help!!


Project: Route 66 Motel Sign and Roof Rehabilitation
Recipient: Private Owner
Amount: $10,319 NPS, $10,319 match

The Route 66 Motel has been a welcoming stop on Route 66 in Kingman, Arizona for more than 50 years. Its towering red and yellow neon sign remains a beacon in the night for travelers stopping to photograph the sign, stay the night, or visit the Route 66 gift shop. Built in 1963 as the “Pony Soldier”, the motel is a two-story, brick building with decorative, extruded mortar joints.
An aging electrical system has caused many portions of the sign to stop working, and the flat roof on the motel building needs repair. Grant funds will assist with these priority preservation needs, so it can continue to serve as an important Route 66 landmark in Kingman.


Project: Ariston Cafe Rehabilitation
Recipient: Private Owner
Amount: $10,000 NPS, $10,000 match

The Ariston Cafe in Litchfield, Illinois opened in 1935 and has been continuously operated by the Adam family ever since. A standing tradition for locals and travelers alike, the cafe offers favorites such as toasted ravioli and homemade red velvet cake. With its distinctive curved parapet, finely crafted brickwork, and its original Art Deco-style dining booths, this beloved Litchfield landmark was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. In 2008, a preservation plan was prepared for the cafe, and rehabilitation work has been ongoing since. Grant funds will assist with the current phase of the project, which will focus on structural repairs to the exterior brickwork.

Project: Dell Rhea Chicken Basket Rehabilitation
Recipient: Private Owner
Amount: $7,000 NPS, $7,000 match

Dell Rhea Chicken Basket has its origins in the 1930’s as a lunch counter attached to a service station in Hinsdale, Illinois. Oral tradition has it that two local farm women offered to reveal their excellent fried chicken recipe to the owner if he would promise to buy their chickens. The recipe was so good, that by 1946, the service station was closed and the new Chicken Basket was born. Built adjacent to the lunch counter site, the building reflects the nononsense,
utilitarian, commercial style of the post-war years. After being bypassed by the Interstate in 1962, the business fell on hard times. The Dell Rhea family purchased the Chicken Basket in 1963, and through savvy marketing and its famous fried chicken recipe, the business flourishes today. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. Grant funds will assist with much needed structural repairs to the exterior brick walls.

Project: Luna Cafe Neon Sign Restoration
Recipient: Private Owner
Amount: $11,000 NPS, $11,000 match

The Luna Cafe in Mitchell, Illinois was built in 1926, the same year Route 66 was commissioned as a highway. With over 85 years of continuous service, the Luna has reportedly had many famous visitors including Al Capone, Elvis Presley, Hank
Williams Sr., and Ike & Tina Turner. Local memory recalls it serving variously as a Route 66 cafe, piano bar, boarding house, brothel, upscale restaurant, and meeting spot for gangsters. The neon sign with its iconic ruby red cherries lit up the night for over 40 years before going dark in the 1990s.The Missouri and Illinois Route 66 Associations are partnering with the owner of the Luna to oversee the restoration of the sign. Grant funds will assist with this effort.

Project: Sprague Super Service Window Rehabilitation
Recipient: Private Owner
Amount: $10,000 NPS, $10,000 match

In 1931, William W. Sprague built a two-story, Tudor Revival style building on Route 66 in Normal, Illinois to meet the
burgeoning demands of automobilists. Although Sprague opened the business during the Great Depression, he could count on travelers and local residents who needed food, gasoline, and car repair to stay in business. By providing on-site housing in the upstairs portion of the building for himself and a gas station attendant, he could readily meet the needs of his customers while lowering his housing costs. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008, the current owner is restoring the building for use as a visitor center. Following a preservation plan prepared in 2009, a new roof and ADA accessible bathrooms have been installed. Grant funds will now assist with rehabilitation of the historic, wood frame windows.


Project: Meramec River Bridge Historic Structures Report
Recipient: Landmarks Association of St. Louis
Amount: $15,000 NPS, $30,000 match
Constructed in 1931-1932, the Meramec River Bridge is a 1,009’-long, three-span, steel deck truss and girder structure located near Eureka in the Missouri Route 66 State Park. The bridge carried Route 66 traffic until it was bypassed by I-44 in the 1960’s. Today it serves as a centerpiece of the Route 66 State
Park, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009. Now closed to traffic and under threat of demolition due to its deteriorated condition, it has been listed on Missouri Preservation’s Most Endangered Historic Places list for two years in a row. As part of a larger master planning effort, grant funds will assist with the preparation of a Historic Structures Report to evaluate preservation options and rehabilitation costs for the bridge.

Project: Sunset Motel Entrance and Exit Signs Restoration
Recipient: Private Owner
Amount: $7,100 NPS, $7,100 match

The Sunset Motel was built just after World War II in the “Hi-Way Hills Subdivision” of Villa Ridge, Missouri. Built in a distinctive Vshape, it had a twin-sister property known as the Pin Oak Motel just two miles west on Route 66. The motel featured a spacious lawn and central garden, a circular driveway around the rear of the property, and front and back entrances to each room. Since 1971, the property has been owned by the same family, and is currently operating on a weekly rental basis. Restoration was begun in 2009 to replace the roof, repoint exterior brick work, restore the interior floors, and return the neon sign to operating condition. Grant funds will assist with restoration of the damaged
and missing neon Entrance and Exit signs.

Project: Wagon Wheel Motel Roof Replacement
Recipient: Private Owner
Amount: $17,500 NPS, $17,500 match
Built in 1935 in Cuba, Missouri, the Wagon Wheel Motel, known originally as the Wagon Wheel Cabins, is a rare example of the transition in roadside lodging from individual tourist cabins to attached units. A well known local mason built the motel using local stone that farmers brought to him. While stone was a common building material for motels in Missouri, the Tudor Revival styling was not. Today, the motel is still locally owned and operated, and is the earliest tourist court on Route 66 in Missouri that still accommodates nightly travelers. Ongoing restoration work has included porch and soffit repairs, window repair, floor refinishing, and heating/cooling improvements. Grant funds will assist with roof replacement on two of the motel units.


Project: Arcadia Round Barn Siding Restoration
Recipient: Arcadia Historical and Preservation Society
Amount: $21,000 NPS, $21,000 match
The Round Barn has stood sentinel in Arcadia, Oklahoma, since 1898. During construction, boards were soaked in water to make them pliable enough to bend into the round shape of the barn.
The barn was used variously to house stock and hay, but it is the dances on the second floor of the barn that people remember most. In 1914, Oklahoma County obtained a right-of-way and built a crude dirt road between the barn and the railroad tracks. In 1926, this unpaved road was designated U.S. Highway 66, part of the new national highway system. The barn has been a landmark on the route ever since and today serves as Route 66 and local history museum. The barn was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. Grant funds will assist with much needed repair of rotted siding boards and trim.

Project: Firestone Station Restoration
Recipient: Private Owner
Amount: $25,000 NPS, $25,000 match
In July, 1929, the Bristow, Oklahoma Daily Record reported that
Firestone had purchased lots on Route 66 for the purpose of constructing a building that “will be one of the most modern in the state”. The store opened in May, 1930, and included an Art Deco design with six large service bays, a wash bay, an office and sales area with large display windows. The station prospered through the 1950’s, relying on its premier location and national brand recognition, as well as is distinctiveness as a full service station. Now under extensive and meticulous restoration for use as an auto body shop, grant funds will assist with site improvements including the exterior lights, sign, and concrete driveway repairs.

Cross Country Trek – Route 66

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Mar 042011


The afternoon air in Oklahoma City on New Year’s Day, 2008, was still crisp and cool, but with the sun shining brightly overhead it promised to warm up more as the day passed. After spending the morning at the Oklahoma City National Memorial, I was ready for some lighter hearted entertainment in the afternoon before heading out of Oklahoma and into Arkansas.

Continuing along the famed Route 66 into Arcadia, Oklahoma, there were two places I was very excited to visit. The first was a roadside restaurant, gas and convenience store called Pops, and it was anything but ordinary. The first thing that came into sight was the 66 foot tall, 4 ton white metal spiral structure of a pop bottle, complete with a straw sticking out the top. The store and restaurant was no less impressive, built with steel beams and glass, with a long stretching “canopy” that ran over the gas pumps outside, providing a shelter from inclement weather. Inside, the glass walls were lined with shelves from floor to ceiling, featuring rows and rows of different types of colorful sodas in glass bottles.

The sight of all those colors and the promise of countless interesting fizzy sodas to be had provided some serious fun. After fueling up the U-Haul and checking out the huge soda bottle landmark, I headed inside where there were all sorts of Pops souvenirs, clothing items and of course, bottles of soda. With over 500 different varieties to choose from, it took a while to settle on three mix-and-match six packs filled with all sorts of sodas. The pop was sorted by colors, red being represented by cranberry, black cherry, raspberry and fruit punch flavors to name a few. In the orange group were orange, mango, peach and tangerine. On and on it went. Choosing root beer was a feat unto itself, as the selection boasted over 100 varieties, including some with funny names, like Zuberfizz Root Beer, Jackson Hole Snake River Sarsaparilla and Judge Wapner’s Root Beer.

Choosing sodas to fill my six packs was a blast, though it was a challenge narrowing down which ones to just marvel at and which ones to actually take home. For more information on Pops, visit

Just up the road from Pops was the Round Red Barn, another popular landmark on Route 66. Built in 1898, the barn was used for livestock as well as a place for the local townspeople to hold dances and events. It is the only true round barn in the country, and was designed this way to supposedly help withstand Oklahoma’s tornadoes. No one knows if the design actually helps ward off the twisters, but as the barn is still standing, the signs are good!

In 1988 the barn’s 60 foot diameter roof collapsed after 90 years of wear, and it took a group of local volunteers and $65,000 raised through various donations and fundraisers to rebuild the immense roof and restore the barn. As a result of these efforts, Arcadia’s Historical Society Members were given the National Preservation and Honor Award which recognized their accomplishment in preserving the barn.

The Round Red Barn is a unique centerpiece in the small town of Arcadia and is still used for various local events. It is open to the public to visit anytime and donations are welcome. For more information, you can visit .

Winding my way back to I-40 from the old Route 66, I was struck again at how beautiful Oklahoma was with the lush green foliage present in January and the red roads prevalent in the countryside. Crossing a bridge over Lake Eufaula heading east, I found myself laughing out loud at an exit for Lotawatah Rd. I wondered who in the world named that road and marveled at the originality and humor in the name.

Oklahoma gave way to Arkansas as I pulled into the town of Van Buren for the night, just as the sun went down on the evening. I felt truly blessed after the New Year’s Day I spent paying my respects to the memory of sad events, and then having a little fun picking 18 kinds of soda pop out of 500 offered. I was thrilled at having visited and photographed the only round red barn in the country and was happy I could officially call myself a Route 66 traveler after three full days along the old route.

Copyright 2011 The Times and Democrat

Tulsa Architecture Firm Turns Route 66 Gas Station Into Their Office

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Feb 012011

Route 66 is an iconic highway and a nostalgic part of America’s car obsessed past, but after Interstate 40 took over, many of the towns dotting the roadway died. In recent years, an interest in all things vintage is helping buildings and businesses along the original route come back to life.

In Tulsa, Oklahoma for example, the architecture firm ElevenTH bought up an old PEMCO gas station and converted it into their new offices. Retaining the original edifice, adding a green lawn and vintage and recycled decor is helping to reinvigorate the streetscape and placing the firm right in the middle of the action.

ElevenTH knew they didn’t want to be holed up in some stale office on the 13th floor of a high rise in downtown. They wanted to be in the midst of the city, “the homeless, the prostitutes, the reality of society, all things this building was witness to,” as Shane Hood, principal at ElevenTH told us.

They searched for a place they could make their own and jumped on the chance to repuporse a 1950′s PEMCO gas station on route 66 into their new offices. The former gas station had fallen into quite a state of disrepair – boarded up, leaking and “had been on the unfortunate end of many unwise and insensitive remodels”.

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2011 Oklahoma Travel publications now available: For free!

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Jan 242011

Although this is for the entire state of Oklahoma – they offer one especially for Route 66 through Oklahoma. Read thru the article to find out how to get your free copy! There is a LOT to see on Route 66 in Oklahoma and one of their guides only make it easier to enjoy!

The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department offers two new comprehensive publications free of charge to assist travelers in planning trips to Oklahoma.

The 2011 Oklahoma Travel Guide is a glossy magazine filled cover to cover with helpful tips, stunning photography, contact information and travel ideas covering the entire state. Special features in this year’s guide include extended coverage of Oklahoma’s most popular sites including outdoor recreation activities, art and cultural destinations, agritourism hot spots, and the best places to enjoy the urban nightlife.

The second publication hot off the press is the Discover Oklahoma Destination Dining Guide. This food lover’s companion is compiled by the Oklahoma experts from Discover Oklahoma, and is a must-have guide for any foodie looking to explore Oklahoma through its many diners, kitchens, drive-ins, and restaurants.

“These easy-to-reference guides are an excellent resource for anyone planning to explore our beautiful state,” said Hardy Watkins, executive director of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department. “Both publications take the guesswork out of traveling our state by extensively laying out the many diverse destinations Oklahoma has to offer.”

The 2011 Oklahoma Travel and Dining Guides are free and can be ordered online at or by calling an Oklahoma Travel Counselor at 1-800-652-6552. They are also being distributed through the 12 Tourism Information Centers statewide.

In addition to these annual publications, travelers can also order specialty brochures like the popular Oklahoma Route 66 Guide or Oklahoma Agritourism guides which plot out wineries, guest ranches, hunting destinations and much more all across the state. These brochures are free resources to help plan a day trip or getaway in Oklahoma.

For more great travel ideas, tune into the weekly television program Discover Oklahoma, click on the newly redesigned or check out Oklahoma Today magazine for all the latest must-see restaurants, shops, attractions and more statewide.

New bicycling bills introduced in Oklahoma

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Jan 232011

More and more states along the route are preparing to have these ‘bike trails’ which will eventually run the entire length of Route 66!

Senator Andrew Rice and Representative Lewis Moore introduced four significant pieces of bicycling legislation for the upcoming session. One caution about this is in order. These bills were just introduced. They will very likely see some changes before reaching Governor Fallin’s desk – if they reach her desk. As we learned last year with the stop light bill, changes can occur right to the very last.

Senate Bill 443 changes the Oklahoma state driver’s license examination to include a section on bicycle operation. It requires that a prospective driver know Oklahoma traffic law including bicycle operation. While this may seem unnecessary to some, consider that many young drivers leave high school for college, only to discover that a bicycle is more convenient and efficient on a college campus where driving may be restricted.

Senate Bill 487 calls for a new law creating the Oklahoma Bicycle Safety Awareness Act, with a voluntary funding mechanism coming from driver’s license renewals. It would ask those renewing their license if they’d contribute a dollar or more toward the fund.

Senate Bill 951 adds bicycling language to existing law that makes throwing objects at motorists a felony. Penalties can include a prison term of not more than 10 years and a fine not more than $10,000. The bill also clarifies violations of the 3 feet passing law, including a fine of not less than $500 for a violation and a fine of not less than $5000 for a collision resulting in a death. This is in addition to other fines and penalties.

Representative Lewis Moore introduced House Bill 2049, designating the portion of State Highway 66 between Sapulpa and Edmond as a “Historic Bike Trail”. It directs the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to erect suitable permanent markers along the highway and install a shoulder designated for bicycle travel. This is contingent of the availability of funding. The route offers rolling terrain and relatively low traffic volume. Oklahoma has more existing miles of the original Route 66 than any other state. Making it a Historic Bike Trail will increase tourism.

Citizens Share Plans in TulsaNow Forum

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Jan 202011

TulsaNow, a grass roots citizen-based group working to make Tulsa a better place to live, invites Tulsa citizens to attend the upcoming Battle of the Plans, a citizen planning forum scheduled for 6:45 pm, Monday, October 28, in the Great Hall, Allen Chapman Activity Center, University of Tulsa, 5th and Gary. Admission is free and no reservations are needed.

Participants will have the opportunity to hear from citizen planners about their Vision for Tulsa. Plans being presented include.

– A 20/20 Vision of Tulsa – by local lawyer C. Rabon Martin

– Arkansas River Development – by engineer and former Mayoral candidate Ray McCollum

– Blue Dome District – by Michael Sager and Kathleen Page

– Creative Use of the Arts – by Ken Busby of the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa

– Enrichment Plan for Tulsa: Oil Capitol of the World – by Michael Steed

– Mohawk Park – by Mary Collins, Tulsa Zoo Friends Executive Director

– Plan for Route 66 – by the Route 66 Business League of Tulsa

– Rooftops – by Rachel Zebrowski of Zebrowski Architecture & Planning

– StreetLife – by Jamie Jamison, developer of the Village at Central Park

– The Tulsa Connection – by the Dr. Thomas Costner Family including 13 year old Kayla and 10 year old Chase

Mayor Bill LaFortune is scheduled to give a ‘call to action’ and to welcome presenters. Moderator is Glenda Silvey, news anchor for KOTV Channel 6. Audience members will have the opportunity to pose questions to the citizen planners. An informal reception and discussion with presenters follows the program.

TulsaNow hopes to influence the public process by making great ideas public and offering a forum for grand plans that otherwise would go unnoticed. For more information go to the TulsaNow website at

The Blue Whale in Catoosa OK

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Sep 232010

The Blue Whale in Catoosa OK is an iconic stop on Route 66 – it is actually one of the most famous as well as most photographed sites on the entire route!!

I am glad the owners and the community has come together to preserve this landmark for everyone to enjoy!

Click the link below to watch the video:
The Blue Whale in Catoosa