The Campbell Hotel went on the road yesterday. As we are participating in a city initiative to attract more Route 66 tourists to Tulsa, we thought it would be a good idea to see what’s going on in other communities along the old road. We’ll spare you the minutiae and just show you a few visual highlights from the shoulders of America’s Main Street from Sapulpa to Arcadia:
One of our first stops was Sapulpa's Rock Creek Bridge, located on the old Ozark Trail alignment of Route 66 at the west end of town. If you look closely, you can see the screen from the old TeePee Drive-In through the bridge trusses.
We met these cute newlyweds at the bridge. They're traveling Route 66 for their honeymoon and couldn't resist this perfect photo op at the old TeePee Drive-In.
Downtown Depew, a little town on an older alignment of Route 66 just off State Highway 66 between Bristow and Stroud, is sprucing up its downtown. Here, a new mural has been painted on a roofless building. A lady at City Hall said they're hoping to put a garden inside the walls of the building, which was once a pharmacy.
We stopped for lunch at the Rock Cafe in Stroud. The owner, Dawn Welch, was the inspiration for the character Sally in the Pixar movie "Cars."
A few miles off 66 between Stroud and Davenport, this concrete obelisk marks the location of the Ozark Trail. That's Jackie, one of our front desk clerks, posing in front of the obelisk.
This neon sign is on the front of the Chandler Route 66 Interpretive Center, which is housed in a 1937 National Guard Armory. The Armory, which was built under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration, sat empty for many years before local community members restored it.
We finished our day at POPS in Arcadia, where visitors can choose from hundreds of varieties of soda. This 66-foot-high pop bottle, which is lighted with LEDs that change color, stands in front of the building.
We found all sorts of inspiration on our trip. Hopefully you’ll see some of our ideas take shape along the shoulders of Route 66 in Tulsa in the not-too-distant future!
When you make that Oklahoma trip, we hope you’ll stop in and see us. The Campbell Hotel, located right on Route 66 in the middle of Tulsa, is one of the jewels of the Mother Road. Spend a night in our luxurious Route 66 Suite and learn about the history of the old road right here in its hometown! For reservations, call (918) 744-5500 or visit www.thecampbellhotel.com.