Tulsa in Tulsa County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
"East Meets West"
The historic bridge also served as an early means of connecting a thriving downtown Tulsa east of the Arkansas River to the vast wealth of the oil fields in west Tulsa. Emerging as the Oil Capital of the world, Tulsa was also creating its cultural identity through the arts and architecture.
The sculpture before you reinforces the idea that Route 66 in general and the bridge in particular is where east met west…old met new…and the past met the future. The sculpture represents a fictitious but probable encounter between Cyrus Avery; his wife Essie; and their daughter, Helen, riding in a vintage Model "T". Leaving downtown Tulsa, the Avery family encounters a horse drawn wagon coming from the west Tulsa oil fields. As was typical for the changing era, the horses reared in fright leaving both drivers struggling to navigate the bridge.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the U.S. Route 66 🛣️ series list.
Location. 36° 8.675′ N, 96° 0.192′ W. Marker is in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in Tulsa County. Marker is at the intersection of Old U.S. 66 and Riverside Drive, on the right when traveling west on U.S. 66. Marker is located at Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza, behind the East Meets West sculpture. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1300 US Rte 66, Tulsa OK 74127, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cyrus Stevens Avery (here, next to this marker); Cyrus Avery Route 66 Memorial Bridge (here, next to this marker); The Bridge Builder (a few steps from this marker); Tulsa's 11th Street Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Tulsa's 11th Street Bridge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Bridge that Saved Tulsa (about 300 feet away); Oil Capital Motel (approx. 0.3 miles away); Will Rogers Motor Court (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tulsa.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 28, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 28, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.