Numerous art installations, along with several historic attractions, reside along our Southwest Tulsa Main Street corridor. Enjoy reading about them below then come explore the Tulsa Route 66 Main Street District. While here, don’t forget to enjoy one of our many local eateries or perhaps “Get Your Thrift on Route 66” at the Goodwill located at 2800 Southwest Blvd.
1. Cyrus Avery Plaza
Art: “East Meets West” by Robert Summers, 2012
This sculpture, along with the informational tablets, pays tribute to early Tulsa history on many levels:
a) Cyrus Avery, the father of Route 66.
b) The significance of the 11th Street Bridge linking the oil fields/refineries to modern transportation.
c) Tulsa being the symbolic midway point of Route 66.
The sculpture stands 20 feet by 40 feet, 135% actual size, and is located at the Avery Centennial Route 66 Plaza at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Route 66 on the east side of the Arkansas River.
2. Route 66 Cyrus Avery Memorial Bridge (The 11th Street Bridge, as known to Tulsans, is on the National Historic Register)
Built in 1916-1917 at the bend of the Arkansas River in Tulsa, the bridge was significant early on as the first major multi-span (1,470 ft. long and 34 ft. wide) concrete bridge in Oklahoma. Set on piers sunk to bedrock, the bridge was the major link between the oil fields and refineries on the westside and downtown Tulsa. Additionally, the 11th Street Bridge played a major part in the 1920s of routing Route 66 through Tulsa from Chicago to Los Angeles. Cyrus Avery, County Commissioner at that time, was aware of the economic significance that Route 66 could bring to his hometown, Tulsa.
3. Southwest Avery Plaza
Plans for three lost neon signs from Tulsa’s stretch of the Mother Road will be recreated just west of the historic 11th Street Bridge. This project plan comes directly from a 2017 open forum meeting where neon signage was a top-ranked idea. The end of 2019 is the projected date for installation.
4. Cities Service Gas Station No. 8 (on the National Historic Register)
Located at 17th Street and Southwest Blvd. (originally Quanah Avenue until 1957) in Tulsa, this “oblong box” style station, dating from the 1940s, replaced the original structure built in 1926 at the same location. In its day, the station was in a prime location for serving the local traffic from Tulsa’s oil fields, refineries, and other westside companies. http://tulsapreservationcommission.org/buildings/cities-service-station-8/
5. U.S. Route 66 Will Rogers Highway Marker, 2420 Southwest Blvd.
“Born in Tulsa,” as this marker attests, U.S. Route 66 is also known as the Will Rogers Highway (another Oklahoma native), the Main Street of America or the Mother Road. This maker sets on our slice of “historic” Route 66 in Southwest Tulsa.
6. Howard Park: a Historic Route 66 Park
Art: “Route 66: 1, 2, and 3” > “Building Blocks of Tulsa” by Patrick Liam Sullivan, 2016
Carved from Indiana limestone, the three monolithic sculptures represent the building blocks of Tulsa’s history:
a) Route 66 #1: Transportation Theme: Route 66, Tulsa’s Trolleys, Tulsa Golden Era of Aviation and Trains serving Oklahoma. Size: 10′ x 4′ x 4′.
b) Route 66 #2: Industry /Native American Theme: Oil Capital of the World; Osage, Cherokee, and Mvscoke Nations; Technology, Aerospace, East meets West; Greetings in Osage, Cherokee and Mvscoke. Size: 9′ x 4′ x 4′.
c) Route 66 #3: Art Deco/culture Theme: Art Deco patterns; Music and Dancers; Art
Deco designs; Blue Dome Gas Station, Zingo Roller Coaster, Crystal City Ferris Wheel.
Size: 8′ x 4′ x 4′.
7. Route 66 Historical Village, 3770 Southwest Blvd.
The Route 66 Historical Village is a unique experience along old Route 66, offering a myriad of displays in this outdoor venue that represents Tulsa’s rich history in the oil and transportation industry. As a destination in progress, the Village currently features the following exhibits which are free to the public:
a) Phillips 66 Cottage-Style Gas Station is the newest addition to the Village thanks to the 2025 Vision Project. The station has room for a welcome center up front along with restrooms located in the service bays at the back of the station. Surrounding the building are commemorative engraved bricks, which can be ordered from the Village. If interested, visit the Village’s FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=route%2066%20village
b) Restored Frisco 4500 Steam Engine – The Meteor carried passengers to and from Tulsa in the 1940s. Once housed at Mohawk Park, the Meteor, has been lovingly restored by volunteers and is decorated with Christmas lights throughout the holidays.
c) Plans to renovate the Tulsa Sapulpa Union Railway: Murray Hill Pullman Business Car are on the “to-do” list for the Village.
d) The Double-Domed Tanker Car complete with logos of various oil companies in the Tulsa area.
e) The interior of The Frisco 1157 Red Caboose is currently being restored back to its original working configuration.
f) The Red Fork Centennial Oil Derrick is an official Oklahoma Centennial Commemoration Commission project funded through an Act of the Oklahoma State House and Senate. Designed by Canadian Engineer, Amerit P. Goyal, it’s the tallest derrick in North America at 154 feet.
g) The large “Tulsa 66” shield certainly catches your eye and makes a great photo op for Route 66 travelers.
h) Antique Pump-Jack Display below the Centennial Derrick. A familiar site along the roads across Oklahoma and beyond, pump-jacks are used to extract crude oil from a well where there is not enough pressure in the well to force the oil to the surface. This display features three working models of vintage.
i) The Blue Star Memorial By-Way Marker at the Village pays tribute to the Armed Forces of America / Dogwood Garden Club of Red Fork / National Garden Clubs.
i) You can meet up with Santa Claus in The Old Urban Trolley Car (Shannon Reneé) at the Village during late November and early December.
8. Art: Elk and Flying Eagle Sculptures, Southwest Blvd. and S. 25th West Ave.
This “small pocket park” can be found at the confluence of Southwest Blvd., 41st St.
and S. 25th West Ave. The Elk Sculpture, on the east side of the intersection, sits in a landscaped area along side a park bench. Directly across the intersection to the west
is the Flying Eagle Sculpture. Both sculptures are part of the Vision 2025
9. The Red Fork Triangle/Corner Pocket Park
This “pocket park” can be found at the corner of S. 26th West Ave. and Southwest Blvd. (across from the Plains Commercial Buildings Block of old Red Fork). Red Fork, which was named for the confluence of the Arkansas and Cimarron Rivers, played an important part in early Tulsa history. The first railhead in the region was located in Red Fork, helping lead to further development of the area when the first oil well in Tulsa County was discovered nearby in 1901.
10. First Oil Well Tulsa County, Oklahoma State Historical Marker
The Sue Bland No. 1, Discovery Well marked the beginning of the booming oil business in the area when it “gushed” on June 25, 1901. Red Fork grew from a population of 75 to 1,500 almost overnight and, soon, Tulsa became known as the “Oil Capital of the World.” The historic marker is located in the triangle next Ollie’s Restaurant at 41st Street and Southwest Blvd.
11. Tablets of Tulsa Time by Local Historian, David M. Breed.
Four of the five tablets share David’s inviting histories of the Tulsa area:
a) Settlement of the Nations 1836-1866;
b) Transition 1866- 1901
c) A New Century 1901-1926
d) The Motoring Public 1926
Located in the middle, the fifth tablet is a relief map of Route 66 as it winds through Tulsa.
The Tablets were a part of the 2025 Vision Project.
12. Art: “The Floating Hanger” by Artist, Eileen Gay
The Floating Hanger was inspired by the idea of machinery and motion in Tulsa and its part in the oil industry, keeping the machinery of America going. The sculpture represents all of those things in the form of a ring and pinion gear, a basic part in machinery. The name, “Floating Hanger,” refers to oil field worker slang for a “jack-of-all-trades.” One unique feature of the sculpture is the geocache device embedded amongst the mosaic tiles. If you are into geocaching, contact Geocache.com with the code number GC272. The sculpture is part of the Route 66 Enhancement Project, 2025.
13. Tulsa’s Route 66 Western Gateway
Tulsa’s Route 66 is bookended by The Gateway Arches, which were built in 2014, to bring attention to our Route 66 heritage. Located at 4261 Southwest Blvd, the “Western Arch” is almost at the end of Tulsa Route 66 Main Street’s corridor.