Sunday, To Yukon OK
We spent the morning taking in the sites of Tucumcari NM. It is a town very focused on exploiting its Route 66 heritage. Well, all the towns along this route seem to do that, don’t you know!?!
Below are included some pictures of the road or what we saw outside our windows. Ellen’s big deal was to go spin a Giant Granite Sphere in Amarillo TX. The ball is on the plaza where the city hall is located. Even the rain did not deter her. She stepped up and got it rolling without any effort. Although it weights 1.5 tons it easily spins because it floats on a thin film water.
Below are included some pictures of the road or what we saw outside our windows. Ellen’s big deal was to go spin a Giant Granite Sphere in Amarillo TX. The ball is on the plaza where the city hall is located. Even the rain did not deter her. She stepped up and got it rolling without any effort. Although it weights 1.5 tons it easily spins because it floats on a thin film of water.
Our next stop was Texola OK. There are plenty of abandoned buildings there. Yes, it’s a ghost town. Of course we’ve always been fond of ghost towns. Each building conjures up stories of hopes, of unrealized dreams, of heartbreaks. One can't help wonder who these people were that once lived, worked and played here.
The town is over a hundred years old. The abandoned gas stations and motor courts take one back to the days when America passed through this old town on the way to somewhere else on Route 66.
A weatherworn and chipped monument to the Texola senior class of 1939 rests up against an old stone jail. Could they have been young seniors that found themselves fighting a terrible world war? More than that, how many returned? Hmm? Texola today is alive with its ghosts from the past. Aparrently, when the Interstate bypassed the town it faded quickly.
We sped on our way to our next destination: The National Route 66 and Transportation Museum in Elk City OK. It takes a journey through each of the eight states Route 66 passes through from Illinois all the way to California. Many exhibits show quirky roadside attractions that lured people to stop. The museum attempts to give people a feel for the experience of traveling down old Route 66.
The museum invites both children and adults to experience automobiles of the past with interactive and hands-on displays. "Drive" down Route 66 in a 1955 pink Cadillac and watch a black and white movie at a mock drive-in theater while sitting in a classic Chevy Impala.
The museum is part of the Old Town Museum Complex, complete with displays and artifacts that give a glimpse into the lives of early settlers in Western Oklahoma, as well as the Farm and Ranch Museum, celebrating Oklahoma's agricultural heritage. There is a replica of a schoolhouse, opera house, doctor's office and chapel, and lots of pioneer history. We had previously toured this part of the area so we focused on the Route 66 buildings indoors this time. Besides, it was still raining. Then we headed to our hotel room in Yukon OK.