As Route 66 left Joplin, Missouri westbound, it was only a short distance to Kansas, and then to the Oklahoma border.
It quickly entered Commerce, and headed southwest through Miami, Afton, Chelsea, and into Claremore.
The nation's longest drivable stretch of Route 66 crosses Oklahoma, making its way past charming towns, roadside diners and quirky attractions.
One of our favorite cities to visit on Route 66 is Claremore ... highly recommended!
|Map of Historic Route 66 showing the location of Claremore between Chelsea and Catoosa
Claremore is located on Route 66 between Chelsea and Catoosa, and is home to about 20,000 residents. The city is located in the heart of the Cherokee Nation and home to many Cherokee citizens, but its origins are closely connected to the Osage tribe—particularly to an Osage leader named Chief Clermont.
With a rich history steeped in Native American culture, famous cowboys, singers, playwrights, and a romantic connection to Route 66, Claremore continues to provide interesting experiences for residents and visitors alike.
Among the attractions are the Will Rogers Memorial Museum (photo below), the J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum, the Belvidere Mansion, and Lake Claremore.
Visitors can experience the world’s largest, privately owned gun collection at the J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum, which also features a wonderful exhibit from the Cherokee Nation and a one-of-a kind collection of World War I posters.
Claremore is the birthplace of Oklahoma’s favorite son, Will Rogers, and home to the museum that celebrates his incredible life and legacy. The Will Rogers Memorial Museum features more than 12 galleries with exhibits, artifacts and films about this legendary actor, comedian, aviator and writer.
Downtown is the heart of this great American city. Route 66 travelers can stroll through many unique shops, eateries, watering holes and historic sites.
For more information, link to the VisitClaremore.org website
Will Rogers Memorial Museum
Sign and map in Historic Downtown Claremore
"Travelers of Both Time and Space" Route 66 mural in Claremore
Belvidere Mansion in Claremore
What was Route 66 in Claremore like in its prime? What did all the service stations, motels and diners look like when they were new?
What did the traveling public experience on the Mother Road? We wonder such things when we travel Route 66 today through Claremore.
Those earlier times in the 1930s, 40s and 50s were not always captured on film. But the use of colorful postcards was common in those decades.
We have included below a sampling of our collection of vintage travel postcards showing scenes on Route 66in Claremore. These portray the historic road in its prime and help us to visualize "yesterday" as we drive Route 66 today.
|El Sueno Court - Claremore
|Will Rogers Hotel - Claremore
|Starline Motel - Claremore
Oklahoma Route 66 Passport
The Oklahoma Route 66 Passport from the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department helps Route 66 travelers find new destinations to explore and document their progress along the way. A new updated passport (yellow) is being offered beginning in 2023.
The Route 66 Passport, which is available free at TravelOK.com, features 66 of the state’s memorable Mother Road attractions. It includes iconic stops like Catoosa’s Blue Whale, Stroud’s Rock Cafe and Clinton’s Oklahoma Route 66 Museum along with many newer favorites.
Get your passport stamped at each stop, then take it to a Tourism Information Center to be verified and earn an exclusive Route 66 coin.
Both the new yellow and previous red Route 66 Passports are now available in a digital format. Download the official TravelOK Trip Planner app on the Apple App Store or Google Play to get started. When you get to each stop, you'll find a code displayed that you can enter to digitally check in.