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A trip west on 66

It’s often been said that Route 66 is the world’s longest small town — it might stretch for more than 2,000 miles from end to end, but it’s full of familiar faces. In that spirit, we ventured out to western Oklahoma on Thursday to meet some of our “neighbors” and exchange tourism materials with them. Here are a few highlights from the trip:

Lake Overholser Bridge, Oklahoma City. This bridge recently underwent a sensitive restoration that made it safe and sturdy while preserving its historic appearance. The designers even made sure the support beams matched the patina of the original.

Historic Fort Reno, just off Route 66 west of El Reno. Rumored to be haunted, this structure now serves as a museum and visitors’ center. Well worth a stop.

Bridge over the South Canadian River near Bridgeport. Sometimes called the “Pony Bridge” because of the 38 pony trusses that support it on either side.

The Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton recently underwent extensive upgrades to its exhibits. Its much-beloved split-windshield Volkswagen Microbus got a new paint job as part of the renovation.

Neon signs have always graced the shoulders of Route 66. This “OK Used Cars” sign has been restored and is on display at the museum, along with many other exhibits. The museum is widely considered one of the must-see attractions along Route 66 in Oklahoma.

The old City Meat Market in Erick is home to the Sandhills Curiosity Shop, where Harley and Annabelle Russell — the “Mediocre Music Makers” – entertain travelers from around the world with their rollicking and occasionally ribald brand of humor and music. Don’t let the name fool you; Harley has played guitar for some of the biggest names in the music industry, and there’s nothing mediocre about their show. On Thursday, they were just finishing up a show for a group of bikers when we rolled up.

Holding authentic Route 66 signs from the road’s heyday, Harley and Annabelle deliver their traditional farewell to their guests, jumping around, waving goodbye, and shouting, “We love you!” as the bikers depart.

We’re not quite as demonstrative as Harley and Annabelle, but here at the Campbell, we love our guests, too, and we strive to offer top-notch service, including information about other great attractions along Route 66. We offer a special Route 66 discount, and if you make advance arrangements, our in-house Route 66 expert will even take you on a guided tour of Tulsa’s share of the old highway. Next time you head out on Route 66 to tour Oklahoma’s great museums or visit Harley and Annabelle, give us a call; we’d love for you to stay with us on your way through Tulsa. Call (918) 744-5500 to book your room at the beautiful Campbell Hotel, where history meets hospitality.

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