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Welcome to the Route 66 Mobile Tour

The Oklahoma Historical Society is pleased to share an important part of our state's heritage through this special self-guided tour.

Designated in 1926, the 2,400 miles of Route 66 linked rural communities to urban ones, permitting an unprecedented flow of ideas and economic growth across the country. It saw the migration of Dust Bowl refugees; World War II troop movement; the advent of car culture and automobile tourism; and it facilitated large-scale settlement of the west. The highway has come to symbolize the spirit and freedom of America, and the pursuit of the American Dream. The "Mother Road" gained legendary status through song, film, television, books, and personal experiences, and represents an important chapter in American history." In 1985, Route 66 was decommissioned as a federal highway, but Oklahomans continue to celebrate the road and its landmarks.

Through the work of our State Historic Preservation Office, dozens of Route 66 roadbed segments, bridges, service stations, motels, cafes, and related landmarks are listed in the National Register of Historic Places and are stops on this tour. Many of them continue to serve travelers, while others are vacant for now, rapidly deteriorating, or already lost to us. Efforts to protect our state's Route 66 legacy and share it with visitors from around the world are ongoing. Museums that tell the Route 66 story are also featured as tour stops.

The list and map of the tour stops are found at www.okhistory.org/route66mobiletour, and you can link to more about each stop in particular and about Historic Route 66 in general.

This tour has been financed in part with Federal funds from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.

Enjoy your trip!