Now and Then: 11th and Harvard

Photo courtesy The Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa, Tulsa City-County Library and Tulsa Historical Society.

Here’s a peek back in time. This was the view looking west down 11th Street (Route 66) from Harvard Avenue in 1938. Love that drugstore sign on the right.

Here’s the same corner, from the same angle, 74 years later:

Big difference. In the 1930s, this was a major highway, as 11th Street carried Route 66 through Tulsa. Today, most interstate travelers bypass Tulsa on I-44 or I-244, but 11th and Harvard remains one of the busiest intersections in town, with TU on the northwest corner and many businesses nearby.

It’s not visible in either picture, but The Campbell Hotel lies just a few blocks west of this intersection — right on Route 66, within walking distance of TU, and just west of downtown Tulsa, which makes it a perfect starting point for road trippers, Golden Hurricane fans, and history buffs looking to explore the city’s many historic districts. To book your room at the historic Campbell Hotel, call (918) 744-5500 or visit We look forward to seeing you!

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