THE HEAT CAN’T DETER THE TOUR OF THE MOTHER ROAD.
On Saturday June 25, Twenty MBCA members beat the 101-degree heat and took a drive on America’s “Mother Road” (Route 66) through Northeastern Oklahoma from Vinita to West Tulsa. The drive included MBCA National President Julie Bruggner and 8 members from the Ozark section.
Eastern Oklahoma members met and departed Jackie Cooper Mercedes Benz at 8:30am and met up with the Ozark section members at the parking lot of the Vinita OK Wal-Mart. Each car was presented an Oklahoma Travel guide, Route 66 travel guide, Route 66 passport, Tulsa map directions, a trip guide of highlights, icy water, and a snack.
Members made stops at Ed Galloways Totem Pole Park (Chelsea), The Blue Whale (Catoosa), Meadow Gold Neon billboard (Tulsa), Tulsa Route 66 fire station, Buck Atoms Cosmic Curios (Tulsa), Boston Avenue United Methodist Church (Tulsa), and Route 66 park (Tulsa). Additional landmarks along the way included: Route 66 Rising sculpture, Desert Hills motel, Tally’s Route 66 diner, Mother Road Market, Greenwood Avenue, Cain’s ballroom, Cyrus Avery Park, “Cry Baby Hill”, and Cyrus Avery Plaza.
Lunch was served at the famous White River Fish Market location on Sheridan Road in Tulsa. Members feasted on fresh seafood and refreshing salads. Participants received an Oklahoma Route 66 Passport and could collect stamps at the various participating spots.
We in eastern Oklahoma are fortunate to have this famous roadway in our neighborhood. 2026 will mark the 100’th anniversary of this landmark. It was great to participate with the Ozark Section for this fun driving event.