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Tulsa in Tulsa County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

Route 66 Historical Village

 

Tulsa's Historic Route 66

 
Route 66 Historical Village Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 22, 2019
1. Route 66 Historical Village Marker
Inscription.  The Route 66 Historical Village presents an open-air collection of railroad, transportation, and oil industry artifacts, painstakingly restored, along with other replica features. To honor the legacy of the industries that built Tulsa and to provide an interactive learning experience for visitors, the Southwest Tulsa Chamber of Commerce initiated a concept development in 2005 for what became the Route 66 Historical Village. Partnering with the City of Tulsa and Tulsa County for Vision 2025 funds and the Oklahoma Centennial Commission for a Centennial grant, the Southwest Tulsa Chamber's partners also included community businesses and dedicated volunteers. This property was acquired, and the site improved for future installations of historic and thematic attractions.

The Red Fork Centennial Derrick was designed, engineered, fabricated, and erected in 2009; funded by the Oklahoma Centennial Commission grant symbolizing discovery of oil at Red Fork in 1901. Red Fork Centennial Oil Derrick was designed from photographs of early steel rigs in the Glenn Pool field. Rising to a height of 154 feet, at the time, it was the tallest

Route 66 Historical Village Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 22, 2019
2. Route 66 Historical Village Marker
such derrick in North America.

The steam locomotive engine and its tender, the Meteor/Frisco 4500, were built in 1942 for the St. Louis and San Francisco Railway (Frisco). It provided passenger service between Oklahoma City and St. Louis via Tulsa until early 1948 when it was demoted to freight service. It was retired in 1950. In 1954, the engine was donated to the City of Tulsa for display in Mohawk Park. It was later staged in downtown Tulsa for careful restoration by railroad and community volunteers. Town West Sertoma provided essential support during the restoration efforts. It was moved through downtown Tulsa to the Route 66 Historical Village in 2011 with the assistance of the South Kansas & Oklahoma Lines (SKOL), the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, and Tulsa Sapulpa Union Railway.

A tree planted on the east side of the park is a sapling from the Muscogee-Creek Nation's Council Oak Tree located at 198 W. 18th Street. Both the original tree, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and its sapling planted at this site commemorate the Muscogee Indian Nation, original modern settlers to this land in 1836.
 
Erected 2019 by Tulsa Route 66 Commission. (Marker Number 26.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the U.S. Route 66 marker series.
 
Location.

Marker and the Meteor/Frisco steam locomotive. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 22, 2019
3. Marker and the Meteor/Frisco steam locomotive.
36° 6.473′ N, 96° 0.98′ W. Marker is in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in Tulsa County. Marker is at the intersection of Southwest Boulevard and South Yukon Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Southwest Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3770 Southwest Boulevard, Tulsa OK 74107, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Clinton Heights (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Red Fork (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Oil Well in Tulsa County (approx. half a mile away); Sapulpa Road (approx. 0.7 miles away); Crystal City (approx. 0.7 miles away); Tulsa's First Oil Strike (approx. 0.8 miles away); Quanah Retail Center (approx. 1.6 miles away); West Tulsa (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tulsa.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on Meteor trains. (Submitted on November 1, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 1, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 1, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 52 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 1, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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