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Route 66 Mobile Tour

Cities Service Station #8

1648 Southwest Boulevard, Tulsa

Oil was fueling Tulsa's rapid growth in the 1920s, and the designation of U. S. 66 in 1926 contributed to the development of local businesses too. Constructed late that same year, the Cities Service Station #8 was located on a site with easy access from three streets, and it drew local traffic as well as travelers on the historic highway. The proximity to the Eleventh Street Bridge which carried Route 66 across the Arkansas River ensured a steady flow of customers. The bridge is Stop #26 on this tour. The Cities Service Station is an excellent example of the oblong box form which replaced the house-type of gas station. Influenced by the International style, stations like this one were less adorned than the earlier types and were characterized by clean lines, shiny finishes, and functional design.