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Route 66 - America's Main Street


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Route 66 - America's Main Street It is known as the Main Street of America - The Mother Road - The Free Road - even the Will Rogers Highway. And it evokes images of roadside diner's, mom-and-pop truck stops, old-fashioned service stations, motor courts, neon signs, and classic American automobiles.

It is the famous Route 66, officially dedicated on November 11, 1926, 2,440 miles long joining Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California. This revolutionary new road spanned eight states and three time zones, crossing rural countrysides, small towns, and major metropolitan hubs.

Oklahoma, the state where East meets West, stood at the heart of Route 66. For down-and-out sharecroppers, it was the road of opportunity. For travelers, it was a highway that bid America to "Get Your Kicks." From Quapaw to Texola and more than 400 miles between, the spirit of Route 66 came alive.

Through the past seven decades Route 66 has remained a reflection of America's ever-changing culture. it spawned a new breed of roadside diners, encouraged innovations in lodging and tourist attractions, and suymbolized the American ideals of high adventure and free-wheeling mobility. And it has left us a timeless reminder of our nation's heritage.


  • In Elk City, the Road jogs from the I - 40 section at Exit 41 east of the city and becomes Bus. 40 to Van Buren and then to 3rd Street through Elk City. Southwest of the city it parallels I-40 again at Exit 32 where it follows the new road into Sayre until another jog before Sayre takes you on the original Road again.

Come visit us in Elk City, Oklahoma

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Anardarko Basin Museum of Natural History

The Anadarko Basin Museum of Natural History is located in the old Casa Grande Hotel, which was headquarters for the US Highway 66 Association National Convention on April 27, 1931. Two hundred twenty-five delegates attended the convention and 30,000

Elk City, OK Museums

National Route 66 Museum

Step back in time at the National Route 66 Museum and Old Town Museum Complex. The museum focuses on the people who lived, worked and traveled "The Road" and offers visitors a road motif to travel through all eight states along Route 66 "The Mother Road".

Elk City, OK Museums

Flying W Guest Ranch

The Flying W Ranch has RV hookups available for 10 vehicles near the lake. This area has a convenient shower house. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the variety of critters around the farm, including goats, lots of beautiful riding horses, cattle, buffalo. It'

Elk City, OK RV Parks

Parker Drilling Rig

Parker Drilling Company Rig 114 is 181' tall, one of the world's tallest and one of the deepest drilling. Before drilling for natural gas, it drilled a world record nuclear test hole in the Aleutian Islands in Alaska - 10' wide and 4,500' deep.

Elk City, OK Natural Attractions

Elk City Lake

  • 750 Acre Park
  • 250 Acre Lake
  • Picnic Pavilions with Grills
  • Boating & Fishing
  • Playground
  • Swimming Beach Area
  • 2 Boat Ramps with Docks
    (1 Fishing Dock)
  • Campgrounds
  • R V Sites - Free
    (with electrical hookups)
  • Dump Station (Nearby)
  • Hiking<

    Elk City, OK Recreation

Things to do Landmarks near Elk City, OK

Steen's Buttes

Steen's Buttes, mounds south of the city, were first reported by army explorers in the 1840s. The easternmost mound is "Rock ...

California Road Trail

Red Rock Canyon became a landmark on the California Road, the pioneer trail that led westward from Ft. Smith, Arkansas to San...