A visit from a friend

We had the pleasure of visiting with Route 66 enthusiast Denny Gibson last week when he came through Tulsa on his way to Victorville, Calif., for the Route 66 International Festival, which starts Thursday.

Denny is an avid traveler of “blue highways,” as the author William Least Heat-Moon calls them in his 1982 book of the same title. (Two-lane roads are known as blue highways because they often appear as a single blue line on old road maps.) He took his first trip down Route 66 in 1999 and traveled the road again in 2003. He also has traveled the Lincoln Highway — which runs through his home state of Ohio — and the National Road.

He has chronicled his adventures on his website, posting daily travelogues and photos for each trip. If you’re fond of vicarious vacations, his site is a great place to kill a few hours and daydream about the open road.

We had a chance to host Denny last week. He wrote about his visit and included photos of his room here at the Campbell on his travelogue for that day, which you can find here.

Here at the Campbell, we are proud of our location on America’s most famous highway, and we love to host the travelers who come to explore it. Among our Route 66-themed amenities are:

* The Route 66 Suite. Room 223, lavishly decorated with road-themed books, artwork, and postcards from the highway’s heyday, is the perfect place to unwind after a long day of driving.

* Special discounts for Route 66 travelers. If you’re including the Campbell in your Route 66 road trip plans, be sure to let us know when you make your reservation, and ask about our Route 66 discount.

* Free travel information. The literature rack in our lobby is well stocked with an ever-expanding assortment of brochures and booklets about restaurants, hotels, museums and other attractions all along the historic highway.

* Guided tours. If you will be staying at the Campbell and would like a guided tour of the Mother Road through Tulsa during your stay, let us know when you make your room reservations so we can be sure our in-house Route 66 expert is available to show you around.

For more information or to book your room, call (918) 744-5500 or visit



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