Road Trip on Route 66 From Kansas to Tulsa
The route through Kansas was the shortest of all the states, only about 30 miles. After traveling through Galena, Riverton and Baxter Springs, it entered Commerce, Oklahoma, and headed southwest through Miami, Chelsea, Claremore and Tulsa. In general, it followed the route of present-day Interstate I-44.
|Map of Historic Route 66 from Kansas to Tulsa, Oklahoma
Highlights of the many things to see in Oklahoma Route 66
There are dozens of places to see and visit along Route 66 across Oklahoma on the segment from Kansas into Oklahoma and into Tulsa.
Don't miss Allen's Conoco Fillin' Station in Commerce, sections of the "Sidewalk Highway" near Miami, and the Blue Whale in Catoosa.
Along the way you will find quaint service stations, diners, motels and other structures dating from those earlier times on Route 66.
Allen's Conoco Fillin' Station
101 South Main Street
Route 66 Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum
128 South Main Street
East Meets West: Symbolic Route 66 Midpoint
Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza
760 West 13th Street
Photographs from our trips along Route 66 from Kansas to Tulsa
Historic U.S. Route 66 sign, in eastern Oklahoma (November, 2018)
Allen's Conoco Fillin' Station, Commerce, Oklahoma
Ethyl gasoline pump at Allen's Conoco Fillin' Station, Commerce, Oklahoma
Dairy King, Commerce, Oklahoma
The Gateway to Route 66 in Miami, Oklahoma
Historic Marker about the Gateway Sign on Route 66 in Miami, Oklahoma
The Coleman Theater, 103 N. Main Street, Miami, Oklahoma, along Historic Route 66
Vintage Iron Museum
Section of Old Route 66 9-foot wide "Ribbon Road" or "Sidewalk Highway" still visible near Miami, Oklahoma
Marker along the Will Rogers Highway ... Old Route 66 9-foot wide "Ribbon Road" near Miami, Oklahoma
Classic, rusted replicas of earlier times, on Route 66 near Miami, Oklahoma
Amazing stonework on this abandoned service station, near Miami, Oklahoma, along Historic Route 66
Eagle DX Service Station, Afton, Oklahoma, on Historic Route 66 (November, 2018)
Sign ... Welcome to Chelsea, Oklahoma ... Established 1889 (November, 2018)
Pryor Creek Bridge at Chelsea, Oklahoma on Route 66 ... seen during the fall of 2018
The old Chelsea Motel, Chelsea, Oklahoma, along Historic Route 66
Totem Pole Park
The Blue Whale
Welcome ... to the Blue Whale on Old Route 66 in Catoosa, Oklahoma
Blue Whale on Old Route 66 in Catoosa, Oklahoma
Tom Kight Bridge on Route 66, just north of Catoosa, Oklahoma, heading into Molly's Landing Restaurant
A quiet day for touring on Historic Route 66, east of Tulsa, November 9, 2018
Route 66 sign at the east side of Tulsa, Oklahoma, seen during a November, 2018 road trip
Lodging Options Along Route 66 in Oklahoma
Vintage Views of Route 66 Across Oklahoma
What was Route 66 like in its prime? What did all the service stations, motels and diners look like when they were new? What did the traveling public experience on the Mother Road? We wonder such things when we travel Route 66 today.
Those earlier times in the 1930s, 40s and 50s were not always captured on film. But the use of colorful postcards was common in those decades.
We have included below a sampling of our collection of vintage travel postcards showing scenes on Route 66 from Miami to Tulsa. These portray the historic road in its prime and help us to visualize "yesterday" as we drive Route 66 today.
Ben Stanley's Cafe, one mile south of Miami, Oklahoma, on Hiway 66
"Nationally famous steaks, chicken and sea food"
Hotel Miami, downtown Miami, Oklahoma
The Elms Motel in Miami, Oklahoma
Baker's Cafe in Afton, Oklahoma ... Famous for steaks and chicken dinners
The Motel Vinita in Vinita, Oklahoma
Wright's Air-Conditioned Cafeteria, Vinita, Oklahoma ... U.S. Highways 60-66-69
The Starline Motel in Claremore, Oklahoma
Will Rogers Hotel in Claremore, Oklahoma
Greetings from Tulsa, Oklahoma ... "The Oil City of the World"
Will Rogers Motor Court at 5827 East Eleventh Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma
The Tulsa Motel, 5715 E. 11th Street, East Side of Tulsa, Oklahoma
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