Catoosa is the most inland international cargo port in the United States...Tulsa Port of Catoosa... and, because that be totally unbelievable since it's clearly toward the center of the U.S.A., I am providing a link to the curious that will tell all about the Port. There is a park with picnic table on the banks of the Kerr-McClellan Navigation System and perhaps you'll see a barge carrying it payload to the Port.
Catoosa is also home to the Blue Whale on Route 66.....an iconic figure where one will find cars with license plates from all over the US stopped to take photos.
As Route 66 is merging with I-44, stay in the Right hand lane that is an 'exit only', then you can turn to the Left and go South to 11th Street and make a Right Turn.....that will be Route 66 and will take you completely through Tulsa....OR....you can make a Right turn and make a stop at the destination Casino and Resort owned by the Cherokee Nation......The Hard Rock Casino & Resort. I'm not much of a gambler, but it has The Joint where, along with one of my cousins, I've enjoyed The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Don Henley, Tony Bennett, Ronnie Dunn, Harry Connick, Jr. and many more. It also houses Toby Keith's 'I Love This Bar' restaurant, a great steakhouse (McGill's) and a very good buffet along with other eateries and a venue that always has a good music for dancing. If you have your golf clubs in the car there is a great course on which to use them. If I had any idea that there would not be a website WITH IMAGES to have linked to for this huge complex I would have taken photos...it's all about The Joint & Casino.
Once you are on 11th Street you will be on Route 66 until you cross the Arkansas River.....and here are some of the sites: Tulsa Route 66 has many commercial buildings that have the Historical designation.
list provided online by Tulsa Preservation Commission
Here's a fun article to read by Amy Goldman Goss in the Tulsa
World Nov. 28/20/12 about her memories. My memory is the
smell in the air of bread baking within. um-um Ann Goldman Goss article, Tulsa World
|Wonder Bread Building|
|(formerly) Sinclair Gas Station|
|Home of the Golden Hurricanes|
|New Building but Old Tulsa Company|
Bama Pies....sold all over the Country
|Tulsa Monument Company|
|This is the Meadow Gold Sign that|
was on the building to the right below. The sign
|Original Warehouse Market - now a chain in the |
Tulsa Metro Area
|No longer a dairy :(|
|Tulsa is my Hometown! I've lived in 7 States and a view of this beautiful City still |
captures my heart.
|Iconic Art Deco Boston Avenue Methodist |
There will be more photos of this in my Part 5 B :)
|Firehouse No. 4 - See the sculpture|
on the left side?
|See Jay O'Meilia's gallery including this one|
The two photos below is the newest site on Tulsa Route 66.....it's called East Meets West and the park around it is dedicated to Cyrus Avery. In the Smithsonian American History Museum.....
in the basement...is an exhibit America On The Move . The area of Route 66 has all identifiable things as Oklahoma...license tags highway sign in the floor, etc. That's because it was Cyrus Avery,
a transplanted Oklahoman from Pennsylvania, that was the 'Father' of the Mother Road. To this day, Oklahoma has the most usable original Route 66 road.
|EAST MEETS WEST|
So, folks...these are a few of the sites you'll see while 'gettin' your kicks on Route 66'! Part B of Tulsa will have things found off-the-road .....which might make you stop and look around. I hope so!!!!