On Saturday August 6, 2016, the Oklahoma Route 66 Association announced the newest members of the Oklahoma Route 66 Hall of Fame.
This years inductees were Melvena Heisch, Deputy Director of the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office and Laurel Kane (1947-2016), former proprietor of Afton Station.
Melvena Heisch and Oklahoma Route 66 Association President Brad Nickson (photo by Shellee Graham)
Sarah Kane (Laurel Kane’s daughter) and Oklahoma Route 66 Association President Brad Nickson (photo by Shellee Graham)
On Saturday September 12, 2015 a group of volunteers from the Oklahoma Route 66 Association got together to do a little cleanup around the Will Rogers/Sidewalk HIghway Monument east of Afton, OK.
Photos from Afton Will Rogers/Sidewalk Highway Monument Cleanup
Here’s what was done…
- The original concrete curbing on one side of the road was cleared from years of overgrowth.
- We planted some bushes.
- The protective posts received a fresh coat of paint.
- And added a shield on the roadbed
Thank you to the volunteers!!!
Members of the Oklahoma Route 66 Association… You’ve been invited to the Route 66 International Festival in Joplin, MO!
Find the details and read the invitation from the Joplin planning committee at this link: 2013 FESTIVAL INVITATION LETTER
Thanks for the invitation Joplin! We’ll see you in August!
Reading through some correspondence with the Association this morning, I was presented with this web link: www.odotculturalresources.info. It takes you to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s Cultural Resources Program website.
Of particular interest to Oklahoma Route 66 enthusiasts is the section on historic bridges and the surveys that ODOT has performed on historic bridges in Oklahoma. The most recent inventory is the Oklahoma Historic Bridge Survey: Reevaluation of Spans of Time (May 2007). There is a specific list of historic bridges located on Route 66. There is also a link to county-by-county maps with the historic bridge locations marked.
Another portion of the bridge section has historic bridge narratives. These are the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) standard documents covering the bridge’s history. I don’t see the narrative for the recently replaced Verdigris bridge though…
Another section worth exploring is the Links section. Here you will find links to Federal regulations related to historic preservation. This is interesting from the standpoint of making yourself knowledgable about the “rules” that federal/state agencies have to follow when dealing with historic properties.