Many musicians have sung and wrote about one of Oklahoma’s most famous areas: Route 66. Artist like Bobby Troup and Chuck Berry, Nat King Cole and the Rolling Stones all have a melody that not only added to their success, but added to the nostalgia of the most famous roadway in America.
And along this Mother Road of America are some of the state’s most known and frequently visited landmarks. There is a mix of landmarks that commemorate the history of Oklahoma, both good and the tragedies.
From the Viking explorers to the Indian heritage, to the land runs and the oil boom, Oklahoma’s history is unlike the other states in this country. The many different venues offer you a way to connect with the State’s past with living history re-enactments that took place on Civil War battlefields.
A visitor can learn traditional crafts or even meet those who portray parts in the re-enactments such as the fur traders that occupied the soil of Oklahoma before any settlers came. You can even attend a powwow that will let you experience the fellowship and pageantry of the Native people.
The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
In 2000, 168 people were killed when the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was bombed. Now a three-acre memorial site stands in its place in their memory at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.
Tulsa’s Golden Driller
The state’s golden statue stands 76 feet tall and depicts an oil worker. The 43,500-pound statue was dedicated to the Tulsa County Fair Grounds in 1966 and became a State monument in 1979.
Route 66 Is Where You Can Get Your Kicks
“If you ever plan to motor west, just take my way; that’s the highway that’s the best” was said by many rockers. This historic roadway, Route 66, is over 400 miles just in Oklahoma. Spreading across the prairie-land of the state, Clinton Oklahoma is the home of the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum.
Catoosa’s Blue Whale
This 20-foot-tall and 80-foot-long structure of a blue whale were built in 1972 in Catoosa, a place for the creator’s grandchildren play. The landmark today is used by many for fishing, picnics, and swimming for families that are traveling along the infamous Route 66.