My in-laws recently moved to New Mexico. Not just New Mexico, but an area of New Mexico that isn’t easily accessed by airplane. Therefore our visits are now by car. I balked at the idea at first, since I’m an awful car passenger. I get bored and restless very quickly…like after about 45 minutes. Once I realized that we would be traveling along Route 66 into New Mexico, I saw the hidden bonus our family could have. Therefore I introduce to you this newest series of Getting Our Kicks!
I want to start by saying that I used the app RoadsideAmerica.com for this trip and I found it so helpful! It’s a paid app, but was so worth it.
Our journey started in Oklahoma City so our first stop came in Elk City, Oklahoma at the Route 66 Museum.
Now pretty much the entire stretch of Route 66 is filled with Route 66 museums, but this is the only one we checked out. I think it’s definitely worth a stop and Little B was impressed, and that’s saying something because he’s a little museum connoisseur.
The museum is actually a complex of several museums in one and is spread out over many different buildings. The first stop is the gift shop and where you pay the entry fee. This building also has some fun and creative exhibits.
There are several classic cars, motorcycles, and a fire truck. One of the cars you could sit behind the wheel and “drive” down Route 66. Another car you could sit in and “watch” a drive in movie. This part of the museum was by far Little B’s favorite. The museum also leads you along Route 66 from Illinois to California with beautiful exhibits that depict memorable stops along the way. There are stories narrated from those that lived them as you walk along. I wish I had a picture of this, but with the lighting it was too dark to get a good shot. It was the perfect way to start our trip by getting a glimpse of the history we were about to see!
The rest of the museum is the Old Town Museum, which is an ode to Pioneer Life and the early Oklahoma settlers. There are many building replicas such as a school, doctor’s office, and several other various stores and buildings. There is a train, a Victorian home with so many neat artifacts. The top level of the Victorian home is devoted to rodeo and cowboy life. If you’re up for it there is also a farm and ranch museum on site. The last stop of the complex is a soda shop replica that is an actual functioning soda shop. Grab yourself a treat and play a tune on the working jukebox.
This stop is definitely worth your time. Give yourself a couple hours to check it out!
Our next stop on the list was also our final stop in Oklahoma on our outbound trip. It is an old one room jail and trust me, it is as riveting as it sounds. Don’t detour for this one folks. The highlight is a cute photo op for the family. The low point is that it was kind of hard to find and it was just a one room jail. I’m not quite sure what I was expecting? I don’t know, maybe a unicorn inside.
There are some other places worth noting that were on my radar, but we didn’t make the stop. Mr B was getting more and more antsy with each mention of a stop. This is the guy that prides himself on how quickly he can drive from Oklahoma to Pennsylvania with only stopping to gas up.
Stafford Air and Space Museum in Weatherford. We will definitely be checking this museum out in the future.
Lucille’s Famous Route 66 Gas Station in Hydro. Who knows, maybe this would be as exciting as the one-room jail. I do love checking out these historic gas stations though.
Stay tuned for Part Two as we make our way through Texas!