Route 66: Oklahoma's Blacktop Memories


As the home of Cyrus Avery (often credited as the "Father of Route 66"), Green Country is the perfect place to explore the storied history and vibrant present of America's Mother Road. The 40 miles of this iconic highway stretching between the cities of Claremore and Sapulpa offer a plethora of historic sites and attractions sure to please any lover of American history and culture. Here are a few ideas to make your tour of Route 66 a smash hit.



Discover the charm and allure of Claremore, Oklahoma, where history meets natural beauty and small-town hospitality. Nestled in the heart of Green Country, Claremore invites you to explore its rich heritage at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum, enjoy the serene vistas of Claremore Lake, and wander through the quaint, historic downtown filled with unique shops and delightful eateries. Whether you're a history buff, outdoor enthusiast, or simply looking for a friendly getaway, Claremore offers an unforgettable experience that captures the essence of Oklahoma's warmth and tradition. Come and create lasting memories in Claremore, where every visit feels like coming home.

Will Rogers Memorial Museum

Claremore is the birthplace of Will Rogers, a famous American humorist and actor. The Will Rogers Memorial Museum is dedicated to his life and work and offers a rich collection of artifacts, photographs, and exhibits that provide insight into his contributions to American culture.  (2 hours)

J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum

The J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum houses one of the largest private collections of firearms in the world, along with a diverse array of historical artifacts. It's a fascinating place for history buffs and those interested in weaponry. (1 – 1 ½ hours)

Shepherd's Cross

Shepherd's Cross is a working farm that offers tours and educational programs about agriculture. Visitors can learn about sheep shearing, wool production, and even purchase handmade wool products. (2 hours)

Belvidere Mansion

Built in 1907 by prominent businessman John M. Bayless, the stunning Victorian-style Belvidere Mansion offers a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of the early 20th century. Tour the beautifully restored rooms filled with period furnishings, explore exhibits detailing the Bayless family's legacy, and enjoy breathtaking views from the mansion's third-floor ballroom. The on-site tea room and gift shop provide a perfect spot to relax and take in the mansion's grandeur. (1 hour)

Claremore Museum of History

Located in the historic Will Rogers Library building, the Claremore Museum of History features a wide array of exhibits that celebrate the people, events, and cultural milestones that have shaped the region. One of the museum's highlights is its extensive collection dedicated to Claremore's most famous native son, Will Rogers. This includes personal artifacts, photographs, and memorabilia which chronicle his life and illustrious career. Another notable exhibit focuses on Lynn Riggs, the acclaimed playwright best known for "Green Grow the Lilacs," which inspired the classic musical "Oklahoma!" (1 hour)

Downtown Claremore

The historic downtown area has charming shops, antique stores, and local eateries. It's a great place to explore local businesses and enjoy the friendly atmosphere of the town.


Tulsa is home to 28 miles of Route 66.  Wander along the route (11th Street) to catch sight of classic and quirky landmarks. Cyrus Avery Plaza is situated near the east entrance of the historic 11th Street Bridge (also known as the Cyrus Avery Route 66 Memorial Bridge), and serves as a gateway to the rich history and culture of Route 66. The centerpiece of Cyrus Avery Plaza is an impressive bronze sculpture titled "East Meets West," which depicts Avery and his family traveling in a Model T Ford meeting a horse-drawn wagon, symbolizing the transition from old to new forms of transportation.

Visitors to the plaza can enjoy several interpretive displays and informational plaques that provide insights into Avery's contributions to Route 66 and its significance in American history. The site also offers a picturesque view of the Arkansas River, making it a scenic and educational stop for tourists and history enthusiasts. (45 minutes)



Founded in the late 19th century, Sapulpa's history is deeply intertwined with the growth of the railroad and the oil industry, and the city's historic downtown area reflects this rich heritage with beautifully preserved buildings, antique shops, and local eateries that exude a nostalgic, yet lively, atmosphere.

Sapulpa is also known for its colorful ten-mile stretch of America's famed Mother Road. Travelers exploring this iconic highway will find Sapulpa's share lined with vintage signage, historic landmarks, and several wonderful attractions celebrating the golden age of road travel.

Community events and festivals are a staple of life in Sapulpa, with nostalgic summer celebrations such as the Route 66 Blowout and vibrant holiday festivals like the Route 66 Christmas Chute bringing residents and visitors alike together in joyous gatherings.

Sapulpa Fire Museum

Located in the city's historic 1920s fire station building, the Sapulpa Fire Museum features an impressive collection of artifacts, including vintage fire trucks, antique firefighting gear, and historical photographs. Visitors can explore displays that trace the development of firefighting technology from the early 20th century to the present day, providing insights into how the profession has changed over the years. (1 hour)

Sapulpa Historical Society Museum

Housed in a beautifully restored building, the Sapulpa Historical Society Museum features a wide array of exhibits that tell the story of Sapulpa and the surrounding area from its early days down to the present. Its collection includes historical artifacts related to the railroad, the oil industry, military history, and more. (1 hour)

Waite Phillips Filling Station

Get a glimpse into the early days of the automotive era and the development of Route 66. Named after Waite Phillips, a prominent oilman and philanthropist, the Waite Phillips Filling Station is a testament to the growth and importance of automobile travel in the 20th century. Visitors can see vintage gas pumps, artifacts, and educational displays. (1 hour)

Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum

The Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum is a captivating destination for automotive enthusiasts, history buffs, and travelers exploring this iconic highway. Located along the historic Mother Road, this museum celebrates the rich heritage of automobile culture and the role that Route 66 played in shaping American transportation history. Browse beautiful vintage automobiles and Route 66 memorabilia, and marvel at the world’s tallest gas pump – a 66-foot-tall recreation of an antique pump, complete with a 14-foot globe which lights up at night. (1 hour)


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