Sunday, October 16, 2016
Tulsa, Oklahoma: Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza
One, it's been called the symbolic midpoint of Route 66. OK, the key word is symbolic. The midway point is actually in Texas. You are on your own for that.
Two, it may be a difficult chore to find this without a little help. The new state road of Route 66 merges with the Interstate, and bypasses downtown. You'll find yourself on the way to Kansas if you keep going.
Cyrus Avery was a leader in Haiti when U.S. Route 66 was being planned. The idea behind the Chicago to Los Angeles road was that it would take a Southern route to go through the mountains. Therefore, the road had to turn West somewhere. Avery did some lobbying, and the road took a turn in Tulsa. That was good for the city's wallet, and this is his reward.
The plaza has a nice sculpture of the wagon running up against the automobile, a symbol of the old versus new. Plans for the area include an interpretive center and souvenir shop, restaurants, etc.
Here's how the place looks in video form:
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