Road trip along Route 66 from Oklahoma City to Texas

Road Trip on Route 66 from Oklahoma City to the Texas Line

As Route 66 left Oklahoma City, it was a straight shot west through Yukon, El Reno, Bridgeport, Hydro, Weatherford, Clinton, Elk City, Erick and Texola.

It is about 123 miles from Oklahoma City to Erick, only 2:10 driving time on I-40. But much of Route 66 today is still driveable on that segment, so travelers staying on the Mother Road will have a longer, and more enjoyable trip!

Map of Historic Route 66 from Oklahoma City to Erick near the Texas State Line
Map of Historic Route 66 from Oklahoma City to Texola at the Texas State Line


The Mother Road crossed the Texas state line just past Erick at Texola, near Shamrock, Texas, and moved through McLean, Alanreed, Groom, Conway and into Amarillo, a distance of about 96 miles. Read about the road trip from Shamrock to Amarillo.

Milk Bottle Grocery in Oklahoma City

The Milk Bottle Grocery is located on a small triangular piece of property at 2426 N. Classen Avenue in Oklahoma City along Historic Route 66.

The grocery was built in 1930, and the giant milk bottle was added in 1948. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Today, it is adorned with a milk bottle from Braum's, the well-known Oklahoma-based dairy in Tuttle. On one side of the grocery is the "Oklahoma City ... Where the Thunder Rolls" mural.

The Milk Bottle Grocery in Oklahoma City with the Braum's bottle on top Oklahoma City - Where the Thunder Rolls mural at the Milk Bottle Grocery in Oklahoma City on Classen Avenue


Yukon, Oklahoma ... The Route 66 Murals, and More

Yukon is full of rich history, Route 66 roots, music heritage, family-friendly attractions, and beautiful art. Explore a while, and see why folks flock from all over to pay the city a visit!

Read more about Yukon Attractions 

Welcome to Yukon
Welcome to Yukon, Oklahoma
Yukon's Best Flour
Yukon's Best Flour Mill ... The Czech Capitol of Oklahoma
Route 66 mural at the Yukon Mill & Grain Company in Oklahoma
Route 66 mural at the Yukon Mill & Grain Company in Oklahoma
Yukon Sunset ... mural at 528 West Main Street
Route 66 mural in Yukon, Oklahoma featuring Monarch Butterfly and Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher

El Reno, Oklahoma ... The Crossroads of America

El Reno was established in 1889 and is located at the intersection of two historic highways: nostalgic Route 66 and the Chisholm Trail (Hwy. 81). The city began as a railroad town and was home to three Land Runs. Today, it is a festival town and boasts many heritage celebrations, historic properties, and the only rail based trolley operating in the state of Oklahoma.

Read more about El Reno Tourism and Attractions 

Mural in El Reno, Oklahoma ... the Crossroads of America

Route66 Sculpture in El Reno, Oklahoma ... the Crossroads of America

The Giants Display Between El Reno and Calumet

Calumet and Geary were on the 1926 alignment of Route 66, however by 1933 they were bypassed by a direct alignment from El Reno to Bridgeport.

Today, between El Reno and Calumet, is "The Giants Display" along Route 66 eastbound. The display area features 18-foot tall color cutouts of two Muffler Men and a Uniroyal Gal. The characters were painted by California artist John Cerney in 2019.
The "Route 66 Giants Display" near Calumet, Oklahoma

Read more about giant "Muffler Men", their locations, and view photos on this website

The Giant Native American in Calumet

This giant Native American statue is located at the Indian Trading Post and Art Gallery at 825 South Walbaum Road in Calumet, Oklahoma. It was previously located at the David Howe Auto dealership off Route 66 until 2010.

The Trading Post features Native American themed apparel, hand-beaded jewelry, and other memorabilia. This nostalgic store also carries Native American art from a large number of nearby tribes including pottery, paintings and other great pieces. Phone the Trading Post at 405.884.5599 for more information, and about opening times.
The giant Native American statue at the Indian Trading Post and Art Gallery in Calumet, Oklahoma

Geary, Oklahoma

Located between El Reno and Bridgeport is the City of Geary, partially in Blaine County and Canadian County. The area occupied by the present city was previously part of the Cheyenne-Arapaho reservation until it was opened in April, 1892 for settlement by non-Indians. The Geary post office was established October 12, 1892.

Geary was located on the old Postal Highway, which later became part of Route 66 in 1926. In 1933, a new Pony Bridge was built across the Canadian River downriver from Bridgeport. Route 66 was realigned directly from El Reno to Hydro, bypassing Calumet, Geary, and Bridgeport the following year. Today, the city is located on U.S. Highways 270 and 281.

Shown below is a lovely "Route 66 Mother Road" mural on the Geary City Hall at the corner of Main Street and South Broadway. While in Geary, Route 66 visitors enjoy a visit to the Canadian Rivers Historical Museum in the old Gillespie Building, built in 1903 as the Bank of Commerce.

Route 66 mural in Geary, Oklahoma

The Pony Bridge ... On Historic U.S. Route 66

This well known bridge on Old Route 66 over the South Canadian River is located near Bridgeport, OK, between El Reno and Hydro. Built in 1934, it remains the longest truss bridge in Oklahoma and the entire Mother Road route.

The 38-span pony truss bridge is 3,944 feet in length, and officially named the William H. Murray Bridge. Pony trusses are bridge trusses that don’t connect at the top.

The bridge, on the National Register of Historic Places was closed beginning in 2022 for a two year reconstruction. The bridge was widened to current standards, and the trusses reinstalled along the sides to retain its historical value. It was reopened in May of 2024.

Drivers can get their kicks on Route 66 following US-281/Route 66 Bridgeport bridge opening celebration - 05/13/2024


The pony truss bridge in Oklahoma on Historic US Route 66

Hydro, Oklahoma

The Town of Hydro is located between Bridgeport and Weatherford on Historic U.S. Route 66. Shown below is the beautiful "Welcome to Hydro and Route 66" mural on the side of The Station, at the corner of Arapahoe Avenue and Main Street. It makes a great photo op for Route 66 travelers!

Read more at Welcome to Hydro Mural on Facebook

Welcome to Hydro, Oklahoma and Route 66 mural

Another Mural in Hydro Near Route 66

This mural is located inside the fire station in Hydro, Oklahoma, just off Route 66. It includes engine 23, the Hydro water tower, the grain silos, Route 66 sign, and firemen, as well as an air evac helicopter in memory of the one that crashed north of town, and the Hydro Fire Department emblem. The artist that created it is Aubrey Morel, the owner of Morel Designs. It took 116 hours to paint. While Aubrey creates mainly pottery, she also paints.

Fire station mural just off Route 66 in Hydro, Oklahoma

Lucille's Service Station and Roadhouse in Hydro

Vintage 1945 Oklahoma license plate

Lucille's Service Station, a classic gas station built in 1929 along Route 66 near Hydro, is one of only two upper-story, out-thrust porch style stations left on Oklahoma's stretch of Route 66.

 In 1941, the Hamons family took over the operation of the station and Lucille Hamons, ran the business for 60 years. Lucille, who quickly became known for her friendly assistance to motorists, earned the nickname "Mother of the Mother Road." 

Lucille's Service Station and Roadhouse, in Hydro, Oklahoma Lucille's Service Station and Roadhouse, in Hydro, Oklahoma


The city of Weatherford was initially located on State Highway 3 starting in the early 1920s, which was redesignated as U.S. Route 66 in 1926 and paved entirely across Western Oklahoma by 1932. Route 66, which followed Main Street through the city, was lined with various tourist businesses including cafes, motels and gasoline stations like most other cities along the highway.

Today, Weatherford is home to the Stafford Air & Space Museum, the Oklahoma Heartland Museum, the Weatherford Wind Energy Park, several city parks, golf courses and much more.

More information about area attractions at the City of Weatherford's tourism website

Centennial Park
Centennial Park in Weatherford, Oklahoma
Stafford Air & Space Museum
General Thomas P. Stafford  Air and Space Museum in Weatherford, Oklahoma
The windmill blade mural in Weatherford
The windmill blade mural in Weatherford, Oklahoma

Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton, Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Route 66 Museum is a popular stop in Clinton, Oklahoma. The state's official showcase of Route 66 is operated by the Oklahoma Historical Society, and offers visitors a spirited tour of pure Americana.
Located off I-40 at Exit 65 at 2229 West Gary Boulevard.
Oklahoma Route 66 Museum website

Exterior view of the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton OK "Get Your Kicks on RT 66" display at the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton OK

Canute, Oklahoma

Route 66 mural in Canute,
between Clinton and Elk City
Route 66 mural in Canute, Oklahoma
Sign at the Cotton Boll Motel
Now privately owned; not open to public
Sign at the Cotton Boll Motel in Canute, Oklahoma ... now privately owned and not open to the public

The National Route 66 Museum in Elk City, Oklahoma

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

National Route 66 Museum website  

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

Erick, Oklahoma

Located between Exits 9 and 10 on I-40, the Erick Tourism Information Center offers brochures and travel resources on statewide attractions, events, lodging and more. Enjoy clean restrooms, a vending area, advice from trained travel counselors, a gift shop and hundreds of free brochures and visitor guides.

Read more about Erick Tourism and Attractions 

Sandhills Curiosity Shop

Located in the old City Meat Market in Erick, Oklahoma, at 201 S. Sheb Wooley Street, is the Sandhills Curiosity Shop ... Insanity at Its Finest!
Have a good time there with Harley and his Mediocre Music Program!
The Sandhills Curiosity Shop in the old City Meat Market building in Erick, Oklahoma

Sam's Town

Sam's Town is located at 401 W. Roger Miller Boulevard (Route 66) in Erick, one block west of Sheb Wooley Avenue. This captivating art installation tells the unique stories of Western Oklahoma's past. The site includes items collected and curated by renowned photographer Samuel Hagen. Sam's passion for this preservation makes it a must-see destination for those seeking to explore the rich tapestry of history and art that defines the iconic Route 66.

It's a nice area located right on Route 66 where travelers can stop, rest a bit, stretch their legs and take a tour! Visit their Facebook page for AirBnB options for overnight stays.

For more information, visit the website of Sam's Town and Sam's Town on Facebook ... phone 805.585.8333

Sam's Town on Route 66 in Erick, Oklahoma ... Rent a Room, AirBnB, artists welcome!

Roger Miller mural in Erick, Oklahoma
Roger Miller mural in Erick, Oklahoma


Lodging Options Along Route 66 in Oklahoma


Hotels in Oklahoma City

Restaurant reviews for Oklahoma City

Hotels in Yukon, Oklahoma

Hotels in El Reno, Oklahoma

Hotels in Weatherford, Oklahoma

Hotels in Clinton, Oklahoma

Hotels in Elk City, Oklahoma


Earlier Times along Route 66 from Oklahoma to Texas

Earlier times on Route 66 in Oklahoma: Bishop's Driv-Inn, Tulsa, OK


We have included below a sampling of our collection of vintage travel postcards dealing with Oklahoma and Route 66.

What was Route 66 like in its earlier years, as visitors drove through and around Oklahoma? What did all the service stations, motels and public buildings 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.

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.

These portray the historic road in its prime and help us to visualize, and appreciate, "earlier times" as we drive Route 66 today around Oklahoma.

Star Courts - Elk City
Star Courts, Elk City, Oklahoma
Home on the Range - Clinton
Home on the Range, Hiway 66, Clinton, Oklahoma
Phillips Courts - El Reno
Phillips Courts, 1223 Sunset Drive, El Reno, Oklahoma, on Highway 66
Matlyn Court - Oklahoma City
Matlyn Court, US 66, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Motor Inn Courts - Elk City
Motor Inn Courts on US 66 - Elk City, Oklahoma
De Luxe Courts - Oklahoma City
De Luxe Courts, 4500 NW 39th Street, U.S. Highway 66, Oklahoma City Oklahoma
The Major Court - Oklahoma City
The Major Court at 3200 NW 39th Street in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Classen Cafeteria - Oklahoma City
Classen Cafeteria, where U.S. Highway 66 crosses the famous Classen Boulevard at 23rd Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Flamingo Motel - Oklahoma City
Flamingo Motel on Highways 66 and 77, just north of the State Capitol, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma



Route 66 Road Trips Across Oklahoma

Route 66 road trip to Miami, Oklahoma Route 66 road trip to Chelsea, Oklahoma Route 66 road trip to Catoosa, Oklahoma
Route 66 road trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma Route 66 road trip to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Route 66 road trip to Chandler, Oklahoma
Route 66 road trip to Yukon, Oklahoma Route 66 road trip to Weatherford, Oklahoma Route 66 road trip to Clinton, Oklahoma
Route 66 road trip to Elk City, Oklahoma Route 66 road trip to Sapulpa, Oklahoma Route 66 road trip to Erick, Oklahoma
Route 66 road trip to El Reno, Oklahoma Route 66 Road Trip to Vinita, Oklahoma Route 66 Road Trip to Arcadia, Oklahoma
  Route 66 Road Trip to Claremore, Oklahoma


More About Travel in Oklahoma

More Things to Do on Route 66 - at the Oklahoma Tourism Department

Oklahoma Route 66 Association

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. A new updated passport (yellow) is being offered beginning in 2023.

The Route 66 Passport, which is available free at, 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.