As restoration and enhancements have revitalized the highway, they have met great enthusiasm from longtime supporters, and have also drawn the attention of many who are not familiar with the rich history. As a result, informative plaques and commemorative art have been a unique solution for conveying information in this “outdoor museum.”
As travelers follow Route 66 through Tulsa, statues, stamped concrete, historic markers and free-standing kiosks are conveniently roadside so that a quick stop — or even a view from a car — can tell part of the story. Route 66 so strongly influenced American culture that Tulsa’s 26-mile stretch alone provides abundant opportunities to soak-up some history through art of many forms.
The Cyrus Avery Memorial Bridge renovations are complete. The Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza was completed with the installation of the East Meets West bronze statue, in the fall of 2012. Security measures include lighting for the plaza and sculpture, and a video surveillance system. The elevated base of the historic neon Meadow Gold sign at 11th and Quaker is complete along with the re-installation of the neon sign. A Meadow Gold Sign Celebration was held on May 22, 2009 and clocks were added to the sign in 2016. Vision 2025 and private funding have provided several Route 66 Station exhibits. Some attractions at the site include historic railroad cars, an oil derrick, and a Creek Directional Oak Tree. Tulsa County has made additional project funds available to the City of Tulsa for the next phase of the Route 66 projects that includes streetscaping, art and historical signs.
Master Plan Available
To download the Route 66 Master Plan, click here.
Vision 2025 funds will be provided to improve the national icon that winds through Tulsa known as the “Mother Road.” Route 66 exists because of the efforts of Tulsan Cyrus Avery who would not give up on his vision for a highway across America, and today Route 66 is considered a valuable piece of Americana and international tourist draw. Improvements include signage, streetscaping, lighting and specific enhancements of the 11th Street Bridge. This Vision 2025 project will enhance economic development, strengthen adjacent neighborhoods and promote tourism. The improvement area stretches 26 miles along 11th Street from 193rd East Avenue, then follows 11th Street west to Southwest Boulevard, to Old Sapulpa Road, and ends at the Tulsa County line.
- Route 66 through Tulsa
- Master Plan of Development and Market Research
- Historic Markers
- Cyrus Avery Route 66 Memorial Bridge
- Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza
- Route 66 Station: Gateway to the Magic Empire
- Route 66 Planters
- Meadow Gold Sign
- East Meets West Monumental Sculpture
- Route 66 Interpretive Center
- 11th Street & Yale Avenue Streetscape
- Redfork Streetscaping
- S.W. Boulevard Streetscape Improvements 33rd W. Ave. to 27th W. Ave.
- 11th Street (89th Ave to Garnett) Sidewalks and Landscaping
- Cyrus Avery Traffic Circle
- Howard Park Entrance Sign and Sculpture
- Sue Bland Oil Well Sculpture
- Southwest Blvd. Property Improvements (Frisco Train Site)
- Route 66 Historical Information Road Signs
- Pearl District Preservation / Meadow Gold Sign Clocks
- Avery Park Southwest