In an attempt to keep myself from going stark raving crazy from "recuperating" in my house for too long, I decided this cold, gray day would be a good time to take a ride. I miss my car so much! I intended to get an oil change, so I picked up Ron M. and we drove to the dealership, only to find that the wait was going to be too long. So, what better excuse to head back to Route 66 to seek out something new, something different. Alas, not much has changed on 11th St. since we last cruised it before Christmas.
At the new Route 66 Interpretive Plaza (11th and Mingo), the bronze plaques have been affixed to the concrete podia but it was too cold and windy to walk up the rise to photograph them. The whole layout of the Interpretive Plaza continues to be interesting, a place for rest, contemplation, and education on a more favorable day, so we'll save that for the spring.
The original sign has disappeared. I wonder what happened to it. It's one of my first memories from when I came to Tulsa, but I'm not sure why. It's quite plain, formerly neon.
I'll bet you were starting to go stir crazy. Glad to see you're up and around.
Hooray! You are literally on the road to recovery. So happy to read a current posting. Now we know things are going to be back to normal.
I'm sure you'll be pleased with the plaques at the 11th Street Interpretive Center--excellent information and impressively detailed. The original alignment as well as the more familiar one are both clearly mapped so the travelers can trace either or both. A couple of the plaques are devoted to Cyrus Avery, telling of his involvement in the creation of Route 66 and info and photos of some of his own enterprises along 66. So mush information that would be useful to a 66 traveler, I wish there would be a booklet available there to be carried away and used by people who want to faithfully follow 66 through Tulsa (instead of the sadly usual situation where travelers get raked off 66 and dumped on I-44 and SH-66 at the Hard Rock and end up seeing the edges of Tulsa from the Interstate.
You'll be happy to hear that just such a booklet/map is in the works. At the Route 66 Community Relations Subcommittee meeting I attended last night, the main order of business was the production of an informational guide centering on the city of Tulsa and all attractions that might interest visitors -- with an emphasis on Route 66 but also including other Tulsa sites that would interest visitors. If all goes well, it will be a magnificent and comprehensive guide to our wonderful Mother Road city. Artistic design will be done by TU grad students, which makes it even more special.
Actually that YIPPEE was for the booklet AND for the fact that you felt well enough to attend the Route 66 Community Relations meeting. YIPPEEEEEEE!!
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