New Signs Mark Historic Route 66, More Landmarks To Come
By Jennifer Cope
You might have noticed new street signs along Southwest Boulevard in West Tulsa and also in downtown.That's because workers are putting up Historic Route 66 markers all over the city.It's part of the Vision 2025 plan, so the signs have already been paid for.City councilors say it's all about promoting tourism and preserving history."We want to keep those people here," says Councilor Jeannie Cue. "We want them to come enjoy what we have, spend the night, and know that Tulsa is really growing and supporting Route 66 and having a lot of things going on in the Route 66 area.""We've worked so hard for more than 10 years on trying to see something re-develop here because we know this is Route 66, we know that this is such an important gateway for Tulsa, and there really needs to be something here," says Matt Crane with the Southwest Tulsa Chamber of Commerce. "When we ask travelers to exit the highway system and come onto what, for us, are city streets, they need places to shop and eat and somewhere to stay and spend money."Along with the street signs, there are plans for plaques to explain the history of the road and an archway at the entrance and exit to Tulsa. Crystal City at 33rd W. Ave. and Southwest Boulevard is also expected to get a makeover.
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