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The Era of World War II

Route 66 Tulsa

 
 
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By Jason Voigt, April 7, 2021
1. The Era of World War II Marker
Inscription.  When the United States entered World War II, Route 66 was a strategic transportation corridor that avoided the mountains and colder climates of the north. The Chicago-to-Los Angeles paved highway created a reliable means for transporting raw materials and parts between factories in the east and military bases in the west.

At this intersection on the southeast corner, Benjamin Franklin School had been completed in 1927. During the war, children brought scrap metal to the playground where it was collected for use by the military's war efforts. Children received war bond stamps for the weight of the metal they donated. The stamps were then redeemed for a $25 war bond - a significant sum of money during that time.

The rail line east of the intersection not only carried soldiers, but also prisoners of war. Children often stood along the tracks asking soldiers for chocolate or military souvenirs. Butter was rare during the war. One small boy reportedly asking for butter form the soldier cook as a train rolled slowly by. As the story goes, the soldier threw a block of butter onto the tracks. The boys took it quickly to his mother,
The Era of World War II Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, April 7, 2021
2. The Era of World War II Marker
Marker is next to three other markers at the northwest corner of Yale & 11th Street intersection. The WWII marker is the one on the farthest right.
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who used it for a treat on some homemade bread.

When the war ended, families began prospering, traveling more for leisure and new job opportunities. Route 66 became the romantic highway of travel, leisure and an emerging middle-class lifestyle that created its own iconic era - the 1950s.
 
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsRoads & VehiclesWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the U.S. Route 66 🛣️ series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1927.
 
Location. 36° 8.875′ N, 95° 55.338′ W. Marker is in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in Tulsa County. Marker is at the intersection of South Yale Avenue and East 11th Street (Old U.S. 66), on the right when traveling north on South Yale Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1009 S Yale Ave, Tulsa OK 74112, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The American Milkman (here, next to this marker); White City Historic District Neighborhood (here, next to this marker); The Golden Drumstick Restaurant (here, next to this marker); The Fabric of a Community (within shouting distance of this marker); Pearls Along the Route 66 Highway
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Expo Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Cyrus Avery (approx. 0.9 miles away); Wolf Robe Hunt's Indian Trading Post (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tulsa.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 20, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 20, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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