"The Mother Road" was established on November 11, 1926, and eventually stretched 2,448 miles from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California.
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.
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 Miami, Catoosa, Tulsa, Sapulpa, Oklahoma City and into Yukon.
From Yukon, Route 66 continued west to Weatherford, Clinton, Elk City, Erick and into Texas.
The City of Yukon is located along Route 66 just west of downtown Oklahoma City in eastern Canadian County. It is home to more than 28,000 residents. Interstate 40 runs south of the city.
Yukon began in in 1891 as a farming community. Between 1898 and 1902, a large Czechoslovakian population migrated to Yukon. Today Yukon is known as the Czech Capital of Oklahoma.
Tourist interest in historic U.S. Route 66 has resulted in increased travel to and through Yukon. At the crossroads of the historic Chisholm Trail and Route 66, Yukon, the Czech Capital of Oklahoma has become a popular travel destination.
Besides checking out Route 66 history in Yukon, visitors flock to Yukon to experience one of Oklahoma's largest ethnic festivals each year, the Oklahoma Czech Festival. This popular celebration includes lots of music, a parade, costumed dances, crafts and plenty of Czech delicacies. First celebrated in 1966, the Festival is held the first weekend in October. The city is also known as the childhood home of country singer Garth Brooks.
The Yukon Historical Museum, located in a 1910 school building at 601 Oak Street, tells Yukon's history. Inside the Czech history room, delve further into the town's heritage.
Also of interest is the Yukon Veterans Museum at 1010 West Main Street, and the Chisholm Trail Watering Hole and Marker at 2100 S Holly Avenue. Yukon's Best Railroad Museum is another popular destination.
|Map of Historic Route 66 in Oklahoma showing the location of Yukon
Welcome to Yukon, Oklahoma
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!
Welcome to Yukon along Historic Route 66
Yukon's Best Flour Mill
The Yukon Mill and Grain Company constructed this mill and elevator in 1902. Located at West Main Street and 3rd Street, the building is now used for grain storage.
The well known sign was placed on top of the mill in the 1940s. The Friends of Yukon's Best, Inc. raised funds to refurbish it with LED lighting, and the sign was relit in 2013. It is a popular stop for Route 66 travelers!
Yukon ... The Murals
Downtown Yukon is home to a growing number of public art pieces, including a historic mural of the Chisholm Trail Crossing at Main and 4th Streets, a beautiful new mural displaying Yukon's rich culture on the Southside Mill structure that is illuminated at night, and a vintage postcard style mural on the back of 10 West Main center as well as several smaller murals.
|Route 66 mural at the Yukon Mill & Grain Company at 3rd & Main Street
|Yukon Sunset ... mural at 528 West Main Street
Visitors to the city enjoy Yukon's Route 66 Crosswalk on 5th Street between Main and Elm. This colorful homage to Yukon's legacy celebrates the Yukon Millers, Garth Brooks, Yukon’s Queen of the West Flour, Dale Robertson, Czech heritage, Mabel C. Fry and the Chisholm Trail.
The creative crosswalk mural provides access between the public parking lot behind Yukon City Hall and other downtown businesses.
Yukon Czech Hall
In 1899, the members of Lodge Sokol Karel Havliček and WFLA Lodge Jan Žižka No. 67 joined together and built a hall where Czech people could meet and socialize. In 1901, the Yukon Czech Hall was built on land donated by local Czech immigrants.
The building is recognized as a State and National Historic Site. It is located at 205 North Czech Hall Road.
Read more at the Czech Hall website or phone 405.324.8073
Express Clydesdales Ranch
Horse lovers delight in the Express Clydesdales Ranch, home to some of the world's most beautiful Clydesdales, housed in a beautiful barn originally built in 1936 and restored by Amish barn specialists in 1997.
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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.