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

Cyrus Stevens Avery

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By Jason Voigt, April 7, 2021
1. Cyrus Stevens Avery Marker
Inscription.  Cyrus Stevens Avery was elected Tulsa County Commissioner in 1913. The following year, he helped organize the Albert Pike Highway Association and was President for nine years during which the Association developed Highway 64 from Colorado Springs, Colorado to Hot Springs, Arkansas.

In 1921, he became President of the Associated Highways of America and was influential in the construction of highways across the nation. In 1924, Avery was appointed as the State Highway Commissioner of Oklahoma and he became the chief agent in creating the state's highway system.

In 1925, Avery was appointed Consulting Highway Specialist to the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads and was tasked with the creation of a national highway system and the assignment of numbers to those highways. His influence and efforts with the Bureau created a highway that stretched across eight states and three time zones from Chicago to Los Angeles - a road that would later become known as Route 66.

In order to demonstrate the feasibility of going through Oklahoma instead of a route further north, Avery took the members of the Route 66 Commission across the
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By Jason Voigt, April 7, 2021
2. Cyrus Stevens Avery Marker
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state aboard the Pickwick Bus Line (the forerunner of Greyhound), which provided a 26-passenger bus service through Oklahoma. At the end of the trip, Avery and other members of the Commission stood next to the bus for a photograph with Avery holding a Route 66 sign. Thus, Cyrus Stevens Avery became known as the "Father of Route 66."

Cyrus Avery was a civic leader who had progressive ideas and sponsored many innovative projects. Avery was a board member and/or supporter of numerous projects in Tulsa, and Tulsa County. Those projects included the Tulsa Municipal Airport, Tulsa's Mohawk Park, and Tulsa's International Petroleum Exposition. He also served on Tulsa's Water Board and was instrumental in the development of the City's Spavinaw water supply system.

Cyrus Stevens Avery died in Tulsa on July 2, 1963 at the age of 91.
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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. A significant historical date for this entry is July 2, 1963.
Location. 36° 8.676′ N, 96° 0.191′ 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
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By Jason Voigt, April 7, 2021
3. Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza
View from the pedestrian bridge, looking over the plaza. Marker is the middle of the five. All eight flags represent the states that Route 66 passed through.
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. "East Meets West" (here, next to this marker); Cyrus Avery Route 66 Memorial Bridge (here, next to this marker); The Bridge Builder (here, next to 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.
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By Jason Voigt, April 7, 2021
4. Cyrus Avery grave
Avery is buried at Rose Hill Cemetery 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 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 28, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.   4. submitted on April 25, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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