Route 66 Day 5 Synopsis
Today we began our day from Afton, OK heading on through Oklahoma. One of the first things we came upon was the EAT sign at Clantons Cafe which has been owned by the same family since 1927. We went across a 1926 iron bridge over Pryor Creek in Chelsea. We then came upon the World's largest totem pole which was 90 feet high and created by Ed Galloway over an 11 year span. The totem pole was created in 1948. Down the road we saw the twin bridges in Verdigris and then the famous blue whale which is a concrete giant whale at a former swimming hole and park. We had fun climbing the beast and taking photos. Afterward, we spent most of our time driving and taking photos of various road relics and signs such as the Oasis Motel, Tally's Cafe, and more. We stopped to see the Giant Golden Driller which is a 76-foot tall tribute to Tulsa's oil heritage. He was quite spectacular. In Tulsa, near Tally's Cafe, we photographed the wall murals of the various state names along Route 66. We crossed some more bridges and went into Depew which sadly seemed to be more of a ghost town in the downtown strip which seemed like it might have been a happening little town. Afterward, the Rock Cafe which is famous for the fact that the building is made from the original rock unearthed when the Route 66 was first formed and recently burned. But the owners are planning to renovate. We photographed some old vintage gas stations, crossed a 1933 iron bridge in Wellston, and then stopped to visit the famous 1898 round barn in Arcadia. Into Oklahoma City, we saw the capitol building. What was cool about Oklahoma City is that Route 66 went around any sign of a big city. We didn't see any large city buildings until we arrived at the Capitol Building and then we only saw them in the distance prior to heading west out of town on the Route. We ended our day taking some photos of old cars and stopping the the Western Motel in Bethany, OK for the night.