2016 Hall of Fame

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

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

Sarah Kane (Laurel Kane’s daughter) and Oklahoma Route 66 Association President Brad Nickson (photo by Shellee Graham)

Route 66 Crossings – Database Information

Book cover


© 2015 Jim Ross


COMPILED BY JIM ROSS IN PREPARATION FOR THE BOOK: ROUTE 66 CROSSINGS: Historic Bridges of the Mother Road, published in 2016 by THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA PRESS. It is recommended that the book be used as a companion to this database.


Information in this database makes no claim to the final word on the bridges of Route 66, simply because it remains a work in progress. In addition to unresolved questions about early Route 66 alignments in some areas as well as dates that certain pathways were signed as US 66, the quest to ferret out build dates and bridge types for many of the lost structures continues. Along that thread, no attempt was made to verify which bridges original to the interstates carried Route 66 signage as the route was gradually dismantled, though the ones likely to have done so are addressed in the database. Some culverts that were too small to qualify as bridges but with historical significance were documented also, along with a few notable examples of structures integral to the roadway, such as railroad grade separations and tunnels.

To the extent records were available, state departments of transportation were the primary source used to verify bridge types and build dates. It was also necessary to use unofficial web-based resources and documents found in the literature, not all of which could be considered reliable. In some instances, build dates were estimated (circa) based on favored designs for a given era and other supporting evidence.

Bridges are listed using a separate document for each Route 66 state (linked below), while entries within each document follow an east-to-west geographical order. In addition to the numbered entries, there are notes providing anecdotal information or giving brief mention of structures not more fully documented.

Not all bridges that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places are so noted, though many are. Finally, with few exceptions, references to direction will be Eastbound or Westbound, regardless of the true direction of the road in a given instance. Unless otherwise attributed, all photos are by the author.






New Mexico





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!!!


Photo Scavenger Hunt

As you are probably aware, the International Route 66 Festival in Joplin, MO is coming up on August 1-3. The Oklahoma Route 66 Association is sponsoring a Photo Scavenger Hunt for you to do on your way to the Festival.
  • Using whatever camera you have and whatever apps you like…
  • Snap 6 photos of 6 different Oklahoma Route 66 Business member locations.  Business members are also listed in our annual Trip Guide.  It would be really nice if you stopped at the location and looked around, bought something, or had a snack or meal.
  • Show the photos to us at the Association’s booth and we’ll give you a Oklahoma/Route 66 trivia book.
Please see this flyer (PDF) for details:  Joplin Photo Scavenger Hunt
Hope to see you in Joplin!!

ODOT’s Cultural Resources Program

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.Screen Shot 2013-02-03 at 11.16.47 AM

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.