If you're inclined to vacation by canoe, you could travel the waters of the North Fork of the Red River from north to south, or if you prefer the paved route, old Route 66, now portions claimed as Interstate Highway 40, will take you east or west through Beckham County and some of its towns still reminiscent of those scenic '66 days.
Beckham County lies on the southwesternmost boundary of Oklahoma along the 100th Meridian, the historic line determining the Louisiana Purchase, issues of slavery, and claims of Texas Territory. The county used to be part of Greer County, Texas until Texas agreed that it and four surrounding counties would belong to Oklahoma. Over the years, the 100th meridian has been surveyed eight times, resulting in some people living in both Texas and Oklahoma without ever having moved! History of the 100th Meridian can best be explored at the 100th Meridian Museum in Erick.
Route 66 will take you through Elk City with the world's largest drilling rig, to Sayre with the "Hollywood" Courthouse, on to Erick, the home of country singer, Roger Miller, and just at the 100th Meridian, the nearly vanished town of Texola featuring an old 1910 stone jail.
Explore Beckham County
Relive the days when the Railroads brought us everything from soup to hay. Experience the entertainment of twelve model trains running at the same time, different gauges, and over 350 feet of track! See over 100 trains beautifully displayed and lots of memorabilia. Over 30Sayre, OK Museums
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
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 30,000Elk City, OK Museums
The impressive Beckham County Courthouse was built in 1911. If you have watched the movie, "The Grapes of Wrath," it may look familiar to you. It appeared in the brief 30-second montage of shots depicting the beginning of the Joad family's westward journey along Oklahoma Route 66Sayre, OK Historic Courthouses
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.
Sayre, OK Landmarks
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.Elk City, OK Landmarks