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

Oil Capital Motel

802 West Skelly Drive

 
 
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By Jason Voigt, April 8, 2021
1. Oil Capital Motel Marker
Inscription.  Robert and Bette Saxby opened the Oil Capital Motel in 1958, one year before the road was designated as the US 66 bypass. The exterior was made of cedar and each of the 24 rooms were filled with cowboy-style oak furniture. The oil derrick and pumpjack out front were donated by Bethlehem Steel and lit at night; this unique feature along with the large neon sign made it easy to remember for traveling salesmen that came through regularly. The on-site swimming pool and the Bellaire Drive-In across the street also contribute to the motel's popularity. The Saxby's, along with business partners John and Earl Lewis, sold the property in 1962 to Lee and Oleta Vaughan. It remained the Oil Capital Motel until 1994.
 
Erected 2020 by Tulsa Route 66 Commission and Vision 2020.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the U.S. Route 66 🛣️ series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1958.
 
Location. 36° 8.449′ N, 96° 0.4′ W. Marker is
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By Jason Voigt, April 7, 2021
2. Oil Capital Motel Marker
Located at Route 66 Neon Sign Park.
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in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in Tulsa County. Marker is on Southwest Boulevard (Old U.S. 66) north of West 17th Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker and sign are located at Route 66 Neon Sign Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1450 Southwest Blvd, Tulsa OK 74107, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Will Rogers Motor Court (here, next to this marker); Tulsa Auto Court (a few steps from this marker); Tulsa's 11th Street Bridge (approx. ¼ mile away); West Tulsa (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Tulsa's 11th Street Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Bridge that Saved Tulsa (approx. 0.3 miles away); "East Meets West" (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cyrus Stevens Avery (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tulsa.
 
Also see . . .  Route 66 Neon Sign Park Takes Shape in Tulsa (article). Published on 8/19/2020 by Route66news.com, this article is about the Neon Sign Park, also known as Southwest Avery Plaza. Three long-gone Route 66 businesses' signs were in the process of being restored and placed near the old Historic 11th Street Bridge. Signs were cleaned and installed during the summer of 2020. A "lights on" event was hosted by the City of Tulsa in September 2020. (Submitted on April 21, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 21, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 21, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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