Route 66 Road Trip to Elk City, Oklahoma

Historic Route 66 in Oklahoma

U.S. Route 66 was one of the United State's first continuous stretches of paved highway, and served as a major path for those who migrated west.

"The Mother Road" was established on November 11, 1926, and ultimately stretched 2,448 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles.

In Oklahoma, Route 66 covered 432 miles. After traveling through Illinois, Missouri and Kansas, the Mother Road entered Oklahoma near Commerce, and headed southwest to Tulsa, Oklahoma City and into Elk City. In general, it followed the route of present-day Interstate I-44. From Elk City, Route 66 continued west to Erick and then into Texas.

Elk City, Oklahoma

Elk City is located in Beckham County and has a population of over 12,000 residents. It lies about 110 miles west of Oklahoma City and 150 miles east of Amarillo, Texas. Elk City was named after Elk Creek, which in turn had been named after an Indian Chief, Elk River, who lived in the area years before.

Welcome to Elk City, Oklahoma, and the National Route 66 Museum

Today, Elk City is a popular stop for travelers on Route 66 and is home to the famous National Route 66 & Transportation Museum.

Visitors to the Old Town Museum Complex can also visit a pioneer school, doctor's office, livery stable and chapel, take in the Beutler Brothers Rodeo Collection and plow through the Farm & Ranch Museum, featuring the Blacksmith Museum and a windmill collection.

Elk City has many recreational activities and tourist destinations – both indoors and out – to satisfy any taste. Outdoor fun includes hiking, biking and horseback riding along with fishing, boating and waterskiing; while indoor fun can be had at any number of museums in the area.

The Elk City Parks Department work year-round maintaining and enhancing Elk City’s parks and Elk City Lake. Ackley Park is one of Elk City’s featured attractions. It is home to the Centennial Carousel with its 36 hand-carved wooden horses, Old Town Miniature Golf and the Choctaw Express Miniature Train.

Map of Historic Route 66 in Oklahoma showing the location of Elk City
Map of Historic Route 66 in Oklahoma showing the location of Elk City


The National Route 66 & Transportation Museum

The National Route 66 & Transportation Museum focuses on the people who lived, worked and traveled the “Mother Road”. It offers visitors a classic walk through all eight Route 66 states, highlighted by realistic murals and vignettes depicting the eras of the road and the interesting places that made Route 66 so famous.

It is located at 2717 West 3rd in Elk City. Phone 580.225.6266

National Route 66 & Transportation Museum website  

National Route 66 Museum in Elk City, Oklahoma National Route 66 Museum in Elk City, Oklahoma
National Route 66 Museum in Elk City, Oklahoma National Route 66 Museum in Elk City, Oklahoma
National Route 66 Museum in Elk City, Oklahoma National Route 66 Museum in Elk City, Oklahoma
National Route 66 Museum in Elk City, Oklahoma National Route 66 Museum in Elk City, Oklahoma

More Scenes Around the Museum Complex

Farm and Ranch Museum  in Elk City, Oklahoma Museum Complex in Elk City, Oklahoma
Museum Complex in Elk City, Oklahoma Museum Complex in Elk City, Oklahoma


Parker Drilling Company Rig #114 in Elk City

This rig was built in the 1960s to drill shafts for atomic bomb testing and is one of the tallest rings in the world. It is 181' tall, one of the world's tallest and one of the deepest drilling. Before drilling for natural gas, it drilled a world record nuclear test hole in the Aleutian Islands in Alaska - 10' wide and 4,500' deep.

Today, it is a popular roadside attraction in Elk City, visible from I-40. The rig is located on the grounds of the old Casa Grande Hotel which now is the site of the Anadarko Basin Museum of Natural History and Route 66 World News headquarters. Visit the site at 107 E. 3rd. Street, 1 block from 3rd and Main, in downtown Elk City.

Parker Drilling Company Rig #114 in Elk City, Oklahoma

Lodging, Dining and Attractions in the Elk City Area

TripAdvisor

Elk City Travel Guide at TripAdvisor

Hotels in/near Elk City with traveler reviews at TripAdvisor

Elk City restaurant reviews at TripAdvisor

Attractions and Things to Do in Elk City

Interactive Map of Elk City, Oklahoma


More Information about Elk City and Route 66

City of Elk City website

Visit Elk City website

Elk City Chamber of Commerce

Elk City at the TravelOK website

Travel Oklahoma: Route 66

Oklahoma Historical Society: Route 66

Oklahoma Route 66 Association

Elk City Weather at WeatherUnderground

Elk City Travel Guide: Hotels, dining and things to do


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Oklahoma Route 66 Passport

The Official 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.

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.

More information about the Oklahoma Route 66 Passport

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