Get your Route 66 Passport stamped through Tulsa
Have you heard about the new Oklahoma Route 66 Passport? There’s no better place between the coasts than Tulsa to make an extra-long pitstop and get your passport stamped at these 7 intriguing stops. We’ve even mapped it out for you so that you can make the most of your Mother Road experience!
Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios on 66
If you haven’t already picked up your Route 66 Passport, you can grab yours at Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios on 66. And don’t worry, you shouldn’t have a problem finding this shop thanks to Buck Atom, the 21-foot space cowboy muffler man with a dazzling smile currently covered by a blue mask (eccentric muffler men have to stay safe too). With an arrangement of Route 66 and Tulsa-themed shirts, souvenirs, and knick-knacks, you’re sure to leave Buck Atom’s with unique memorabilia to cement your Mother Road memories! Check out the merchandise at https://buckatomson66.com/.
Woody Guthrie Center
“That 66 highway is mighty hard. All day you’re hot, all night you freeze. But we’ve got to have work so we’re taking a chance from old Oklahoma to Los Angeles,” sang Woody Guthrie. For the Dust Bowl Troubadour, Route 66 represented a pathway to better days; a path that led away from the ravaging dust storms of Oklahoma. But while the songwriter traversed from the Redwood Forest to Gulf stream waters singing his songs to lift up the proletariat, the foundation for his prolific influence is inextricably linked to Oklahoma. Justly centered in the heart of the Tulsa Arts District, Woody’s legacy lives on at the Woody Guthrie Center. The center houses a vast array of artifacts and information about Woody’s life, who cut his teeth along the Mother Road. Go to https://woodyguthriecenter.org/ for information on visiting!
Greenwood Cultural Center
Perhaps Route 66 is so iconic because it’s not just a series of nostalgic scenery that harkens back to perceived glory days. The Mother Road is a symbol for our nation’s interconnected story that is weaved together by both the triumphant and the tragic, including Tulsa’s greatest tragedy. In the early 1900s, just off of Route 66, was the Historic Greenwood District, better known as “Black Wall Street”. It was a hub of commerce and culture for African Americans and a haven where they could feel safe in a nation that still failed to recognize black people as equals. Despite the tragic devastation, the resilient Greenwood community has since resurrected its prosperity against all odds. The Greenwood Cultural Center stands to bring to surface a past that was silenced for too long and to serve as a symbol of hope for the future. You can learn more at https://greenwoodculturalcenter.com/.
The Outsiders House Museum
Like many others, Danny Boy O’Connor (formerly of the 90’s hip hop group, House of Pain) was forever touched by S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, a coming of age story set in Tulsa. In 2016, O’Connor purchased the “Curtis Brothers’ House” and has since opened it up to the public, reprising its former glory as seen in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 film adaptation. For fans of the Outsiders’ wanting a behind the scenes look at the house where it all took place, this stop right off of Route 66 is worth a visit! Learn more at https://www.theoutsidershouse.com/.
Mother Road Market
If you’re craving some grub to fuel your escapades, you can get your fix at Tulsa’s first food hall, the Mother Road Market. The market features 20 of Tulsa’s best restaurants to choose from, serving up recipes from food entrepreneurs looking to pilot test new concepts using the market’s small shop model. When the market reopens, patrons can enjoy areas to play for the kids, a full-service bar to unwind at, and indoor/outdoor seating options. For the time being, you can still order curbside pickup with the market’s new mobile app. The Nashville Hot Chicken is amazing, but you really can’t go wrong with any of the market’s many choices! Find out more at https://www.motherroadmarket.com/.
The Campbell Hotel & Event Centers
If you plan to stay awhile (you really should), the Campbell Hotel & Event Centers along Route 66 is a prime destination for lodging. At the Campbell Hotel, no room is the same. There is surprise and delight to be found in each of the 26 boutique rooms, complete with regal furnishings, historic Oklahoma wall decor, and retro charm befitting for your signature Route 66 experience. Conveniently settled next door, Jane’s Delicatessen is also the perfect spot to lunch or brunch during your stay! Book your stay at https://www.thecampbellhotel.com/.
Tulsa Fire Station 66
Formerly named Fire Station 30, Tulsa’s only fire station along Route 66 was fittingly renamed Tulsa Fire Station 66 to honor the “keepers of the Mother Road” and acknowledge the historical significance of the site. Visitors are encouraged to stop by to learn about the history of the station, take pictures, meet the current keepers of the Mother Road, and maybe even walk away with some Station 66 merch! Keep up with the station at https://www.facebook.com/TulsaFireStation66/.
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