Day 3: June 16, 2007
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Desert Hills Motel, Tulsa, OK Before I left what has been my home for the last two night, I took a shot of the sign in the daylight along with some of my room. I also got to meet the owner, Jack. I'd spoken with him on the phone but he was out when I checked in. Jack is one of the surprisingly few motel owners who appreciates the historic road running by his door.

Golden Driller, Tulsa, OK Golden Driller, Tulsa, OK My first stop was to get a picture of the Golden Driller at the fairgrounds. We had been by here Thursday evening but it had started to rain so this is kind of a "make up" shot. The Driller was erected in 1966 for the National Petroleum Exposition. I understand that this is not the original Driller but I'm not sure that really matters. The building behind him is described as having "world's largest unobstructed interior volume". The roof is suspended from those tall poles so there are no obstructions inside.

Cyrus Avery's Grave, Tulsa, OK Then I headed just a bit north to the original alignment of US-66 and the grave of Cyrus Avery, the "Father of the Mother Road". The grave is in Rose Hill Cemetery and is actually not far from that first Sixty-Six alignment. If the cemetery office is open, they can provide some help in finding the general location and even a cemetery map. I've put a little help of my own here

Plymouth on display, Tulsa, OK Plymouth on display, Tulsa, OK Plymouth on display, Tulsa, OK I continued west on the old alignment (Admiral) and soon found myself near downtown Tulsa. It was a few minutes after 10:00 - opening time for the car show - and I decided I could spare a few minutes to get a closer few of Miss Belvedere. She's certainly no prettier up close but those signatures on the white walls are rather impressive. In one of the film clips shown last night, a couple of no longer young boys remembered writing their names on the tires with a fairly new invention - a ballpoint pen. That 1957 ink must have been some pretty good stuff.

Rock Creek Bridge, OK Rock Creek Bridge, OK Rock Creek Bridge, OK Rock Creek Bridge, OK Everyone can breathe a sigh of relief as I've made it out of Tulsa and they will be no more Miss Belvedere photos. These pictures are on an old Sixty-Six alignment which was the Ozark Trail before that. It's just a bit west of Sapulpa. The EZ66 Guide says the bridge was built in 1925 but a nearby plaque and Jim Ross' Oklahoma Route 66 say 1921. I imagine Jerry accidentally used the date from the railroad overpass in the last picture. The bridge has been bumped a few times and one of its cement guard rails has been reduced to cables but it still works. But it doesn't have to work quite as hard as it did for its first thirty-one years. This was the primary route through here until 1951.

Depew, OK Depew, OK Depew, OK Depew, OK I intended to make the jog through Depew that Sixty-Six did during its first few years but figured I'd have to do it on my own. Not necessary as an Historic 66 sign points the way and Sixty-Six shields have been painted on the pavement. But, despite plans & painting, I did not drive the old alignment. I drove it into and out of town but the Main Street segment was blocked off for the first ever Patchwork Day. The local historical society, apparently only a year or so old itself, put the event together as a fund raiser. It's great to see this place showing its pride and I hope they did well.

I only recently learned that the town of Depew was named for Chauncey Depew but I have long been an admirer of Chauncey for this quote: "I get my exercise acting as a pallbearer for my friends who exercise." Chauncey died at 94.

Shoe Tree, Stroud, OK Shoe Tree, Stroud, OK This is the Shoe Tree, actually two trees, east of Stroud. The old loop of Sixty-Six that it is on is private property. It seems the current owner leaves the old road open but there's nothing guaranteeing it will always be that way. Be nice.

Rock Cafe, Stroud, OK Cue & Brew, Stroud, OK Today I ate at the Rock Cafe for the second time and for the second time did not meet Dawn. In 2003 I met her husband but Dawn was napping. Today, the gal doing the cooking and, it seemed to me, sort of in control didn't quite look like the picture or two I've seen but I made a fool of myself by asking anyway. Nope, Dawn wasn't there so meeting her is still on my "next time" list. The Cafe is clearly benefiting from the Cars connection.

I again stopped at the Cue & Brew and again took a picture. Not much has changed there and the beer was still cold.

Route 66 Interpretive Center, Chandler, OK Route 66 Interpretive Center, Chandler, OK Route 66 Interpretive Center, Chandler, OK Route 66 Interpretive Center, Chandler, OK Route 66 Interpretive Center, Chandler, OK A Route 66 Interpretive Center opened in the old Chandler armory just weeks ago. Inside the center, six video screens hang from the ceiling; Each controlled by its own touch screen. Seating at the screens is intended to invoke some aspect of the road. Three represent cars (Ford Model T, WWII era Jeep, & Ford Mustang) and their screens represent windshields. The others are bed like platforms representing the many motels along Sixty-Six and their screens represent TV screens. Most of the stations had two video choices. One was new and produced specifically for the center. Scripts for all of these were written by Jim Ross. The second choice was often a PBS offering from the recent past. I think all the videos were in the 2 or 3 minute range. The touch screens, reachable from car seat or bed, are used to select and start the videos. A seventh screen is wall mounted with a theater like setting using seats from an old Chandler movie theater. I understand that a specially prepared video is in the works for this but today it was playing the "Oklahoma Rising" video that promotes the state's centennial. The gift shop is pretty classy with a few trinket/souvenir things but a lot more regional art/craft things.

The only technical problems were low batteries on a couple of the touch screen units. This will be solved over time by additional batteries but the fact that they are seeing enough use to run them down during a day is probably a good sign. The center isn't really all that interactive. The touch screens serve as remote controls for DVDs with two scene selections each. But that's probably about the right level of complexity for this sort of facility and I'm sure that two videos per station is just the opening bid. The available material is sure to grow. Chandler is rising.

Seaba Station, Warnick, OK Seaba Station was closed when I stopped but I hope to see the Prestons in Clinton.

near Arcadia, OK near Arcadia, OK near Arcadia, OK near Arcadia, OK A few items just east of Arcadia. The stone marks the eastern side of the 1889 Oklahoma Land Run. The ruins are of a gas station from the 1920s and '30s. Someone is keeping it clean and tending the flowers. The road is a long ago bypassed Portland Cement section of the original US 66 alignment and the house is Jim Ross' gas station inspired home on that bypassed alignment.

Hillbilee's, Arcadia, OK Hillbilee's, Arcadia, OK In Arcadia, my home is Hillbillee's Hotel with that big round barn in sight across the road. I'm staying in The Duke which is right behind the restaurant and looks like this inside.

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