Approximately 487 miles (12.8 hours ??? including
*** BE ADVISED ***
Until I travel Route 66, I have no way of verifying any
of the following information.
This page and its contents were "borrowed from a number
of sources. I will credit each in the body of this page, either directly
or through links.
I have been in touch with the Oklahoma
Route 66 Association president, Kathy Anderson. I asked her to share
tshare her thoughts with me, including the best route (66) to follow and
miss the larger cities. She has been very helpful. I have included her
suggestions in the following.
Route 66 - Oklahoma - Detailed direction
|From Baxter Springs(KS) to Vinita
- enter Oklahoma on US 69 ALT
- follow US 69 ALT through Quapaw
- to Commerce, then follow Mickey Mantle Blvd.
Miami - (Coleman Theater)
MIAMI TO AFTON - Perhaps one of the best
treasures awaits the Route 66 adventurer.
- enter Miami on Main St. turn right onto Steve
Blvd. and cross the Noesho River and
- turn south following US59/69 through Dotyville
- after crossing I-44, join US60 (follow US69
to Afton (Saddle
Shop & the old Palmer Hotel)
- follow US 59/69 to Vinita
From Vinita to Tulsa
left at ththe light at Wilson
continue out toward White Oak
join SR66 just before
From White Oak
continue on SR66, passing through the towns of
of Phillips Petroleum and Phillips 66),
|From Kathy A. (OK
Rt. 66 Assn.)
The eastern part of OK is easy -
- once you get west
it is marked as SH 66 all the way to Catoosa.
So your map looks right. You should do one leg of the "9 foot road"
- consult the Trip
Guide for directions.
pass through CLaremore on Lynn Riggs Blvd.
From Catoosa I am going to follow Interstate
44 through Tulsa to Sapulpa
Oklahoma City to Bethany
Exit I-44 at Sapulpa, OK
follow SR66 (Mission)
right onto Dewey
right at the sign for Old 66
reconnect with SR66 at intersection of SR33 and
enter on Main St.
right at the light with 4th St.
follow curves out of town
follow SR66 to
Bristow, staying on SR 66,
staying SR66, turn
right on Manvel Av., then
right at south end of town to stay with SR66 to,
follow SR66 through the towns of
Stroud, - "Rock
pass under the railroad to
right at Y-intersection into Wellston and follow
Stop at the Red Barn in Arcadia. It was
restored and it beautiful inside and out.
Follow SH 66 into Edmond. At Broadway, turn left
(US 77) and head south to Oklahoma City
Follow Broadway to I-44. Enjoy this stretch of country .
Get back on I-44 (west)
Exit I-44 onto SH 66 The 39th
Expressway to Bethany.
Note: watch for Frontier
Edmond by-pass Oklahoma
City - to Bethany (see
Bethany to Hinton Jct.
Bethany to El
Leave Bethany on SH 66. At Council Road, turn left
and then a right on the south frontage road.
This is old Route 66 and the old steel truss bridge
crosses the North Canadian River and skirt the north
shore of Lake Overholser, at the
"Y" in the road, veer right until the new
road rejoins the old.
Follow SH 66 through Yukon to
Reno. - look for the "Rainman"
Reno to Hinton Jct. - Another
gem stretch of Route 66
Two Routes - - - Choose one!!!
Little sense of the nearby interstate highway and
very beautiful in Spring when the redbuds bloom.
|From Kathy A. (OK
Rt. 66 Assn.)
I would hate for you not to
old 66 west of El Reno as that is the classic
two-lane Portland Concrete and there isn't
a lot of it left.
The turn up (1st
Option) on 270 toward Calumet
reflects the original routing but is not the old cement.
Option 1 - - Recommended
El Reno to Hinton Jct. By passes
follow SR66 onto Rock Island Rd,
left onto Wade,
right onto Choctaw,
left onto Sunset,
follow SR66, west of the city, SR66
just before the curve, turn right
2 lane towards Fort Reno
continue on the 2-lane for about
5 miles, then
right onto US-270 to
follow US-270 to
enter on US-270, then
left onto US-281.
bear right at the Y-intersection
the Canadian River (Pony Bridge)
enter on US-281
continue west when US-281 turns
use north Service road to
From Kathy A. (OK
Rt. 66 Assn.)
Continuing further west (2nd
Option) on the old concrete,
66 Ys onto 281Spur on the north side of I 40's Exit 108. From that
Y, for the next 2 some miles, the Dept. of Transportation has ripped out
the old 2 lane and made it into a 4-lane.
Follow SH 66 out of El Reno. After the prison, look
for a road on your right that goes to old Ft. Reno.
Proceed on this road and go west. This is original
At the intersection of Route 66 and U.S. 270, an old
gas station stands.
follow U.S. 281 to the newer alignment of Route 66.
At Spur U.S. 281, stay on the road, notice the concrete
U.S. 281 turn South and cross the seriously long bridge
across the South Canadian River.
At the Y to Hinton, go west staying on the north side
MAP for Options)
You may have read about the Smithsonian
acquiring 12 sections of old Route 66 - this is where it came from.
|More from Kathy A. (OK
Rt. 66 Assn.)
The old pavement will reappear
just beyond the ruin of an old frame gas station - follow the old pavement
down a long steep hill known as Bridgeport Hill.
You will come to a "T" intersection
- turn left onto the old pavement
again and this leads
to the Pony Bridge
- a wonderful multiple
bridge that every 66'er should experience.
Hinton Junction to Hydro
At the Y to Hinton, go west staying on the north side of I-40.
Continue on to Hydro.
Hydro to Clinton
North frontage Road of I-40
Just west of Hinton is Lucille
Hamons'(long download) store. She was on the highway some 50 years.
This Route 66 icon is worth a Drop visit.
On to Weatherford
(diner) Route 66 follows the north frontage road of I-40 into town.
is Main St until you reach
4th St on the west side of town.
Turn left, go south shortly, and then the road veers right and becomes
the north frontage road
of I-40 again.
Route 66 makes one jog in its fight with I-40. When the cement changes
to asphalt look for concrete
on the south side of I-40. Down the south frontage road of I-40, follow
it until the cement again
changes to asphalt. Route 66 is on the north side again and you must
switch back to the
north frontage road. Follow this road till it joins
Business Loop 40 and go into Clinton.
Route 66 follows Gary Blvd into the center of town to 10th St. At 10th
St, you follow this stretch
past the Interstate (10th becomes Neptune) and about 0.5 miles south
of town where the road veers
to the right.
Clinton is home to a new Route 66 museum located on the west side of
Clinton on Gary Blvd
(I-40 Exit 65 and head north).
Follow Route 66 south out of Clinton and head toward Petersburg. This
is a nice stretch of Route 66
as it's away from I-40 for a few miles. Route 66 is the south frontage
road of I-40 for
approximately 7 miles. You will go up a rise and then drop into the
Washita River Valley. Look
for the red cement on the north side of I-40. Route 66 gently curved
into the valley.
This is section is very pretty with the red cliffs especially if you
are here in the late afternoon.
At the (Stafford Rd Exit),
Continue on I-40 to
Clinton to Elk City
Lunch at the Owl Drug Store (Soda Fountain)
of Oklahoma Route 66
("Grapes of Wrath")
|If you want a quick flashback to the dark days of Steinbeck's
The Grapes of Wrath, turn north off the I-40 freeway into sleepy
Sayre (pop. 2,881).
The landmark Beckham County Courthouse, which looms over the east
end of Main Street, was prominently featured in the movie version as Henry
Fonda and the rest of the Joads rattled down Route 66 toward California.
While on Main Street, stop in for a milk shake at the friendly fountain
in the Owl Drug Store on the corner of 4th Street.
Take a look in the ever-expanding Shortgrass Country Museum (hours
vary; free), housed in the old Rock Island Line railroad depot at 106 E.
Poplar Street, with changing displays documenting regional history from
Cheyenne times to the arrival of homesteading settlers during the great
Land Rush of 1892.
East of the museum stands a giant grain elevator that has rusted
into a gorgeous orange glow.
Sayre to Erick
Leave Sayre down Main St (U.S. 283). Just north of the I-40 interchange,
take the north frontage road
turn off. This frontage road is Route 66. It will eventually peel away
from I-40. This section was
a 4 lane highway, but the State of Oklahoma closed one side of the road.
You will pass through
Hext and pass under I-40. The road becomes a 4 lane again.
This drive from Sayre to Texola is another Route
The road is getting overgrown, but you get away from I-40 and enjoy
some different scenery.
Erick is the home of country singer, Roger Miller
Leave Erick on the 4 lane highway heading west (Business Loop I-40).
You will pass through Texola,
a town that is dying. You're on the 100th Meridian. You will make a
sharp right turn on the
4 lane highway and head back to I-40.
Look for the old jail on the left as you pass
Erick to Oklahoma-Texas State Line
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