Oklahoma Route 66 Museum


The Oklahoma Route 66 Museum reopened in late 1995, after undergoing a massive, million-dollar expansion and improvement project. Collectors from all over the country donated signs, artifacts, and memorabilia, which have been organized into a comprehensive exhibit of Mother Road engineering history and social culture. Historian Michael Wallis narrates a decade-by-decade journey through the rise and fall of the civil engineering feat Route 66, which by 1984 was completely bypassed by a combination of five other Interstates. The museum also includes vintage automobiles and a replica of a roadside diner.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Civil
Topic(s):Space/Transportation
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:Route 66 was actually supposed to be Route 60. Missouri even printed 600,000 maps showing Route 60 crossing the state. Kentucky and Virginia, however, insisted that a proposed highway from Newport News, Va., to Springfield, Mo. be Route 60. So, because no one had yet laid claim to number 66, that became the route number for "America's Main Street."
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