Scenic USA - Oklahoma
Each day Scenic USA presents a new and interesting photo feature from somewhere in the United States. Chosen from a wide variety
of historic sites, city scenes, backcountry byways, points of interest and America's best parklands, this site offers the viewer hundreds
of unique vacation destinations and photographic subjects. Each feature is coupled with a brief explanation. For further detailed
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Route 66 Museum
Both in Europe and America, the first automobiles were hand built, one by one, and priced well out of reach by the average American. Henry Ford changed all that, producing a Model T on an assembly line in 1908 for 825 dollars. Selling over 10,000 autos the first year, Ford was able to streamline production and drop the price to 575 dollars by 1914.
It's difficult to imagine today, but roads in the early 1900s were mainly dirt wagon trails, loosely called highways and nearly impassible in wet weather. In the American West, even more so. With thousands of automobiles on the roads, Carl Fisher proposed the first transcontinental highway in 1912, hoping to link New York with San Francisco in time for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition. Although Fisher failed to receive full support from private industry, his dreams would eventually materialized with construction of the Lincoln Highway.
What followed in 1916 were more plans to link the east with the west, spawning another all-weather road from Chicago to Los Angeles. Route 66, initially a two lane road running 2448 miles, is one of America's most famous highways. Even though decommissioned over 25 years ago, the Will Rogers Highway is still as popular as ever. And Oklahoma boasts more miles of original highway than any other state.
Celebrating Route 66 history in Clinton, Mother Road travelers shouldn't miss the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum. Filled with the images, icons and myths of America's highway, the Oklahoma Historical Society has gathered a treasure trove of collectables from the past 60 years. Reopened in 1995, an audio tour and music accompany guests as they stroll through the World's largest curio cabinet.
Modest admission fees and gift shop proceeds aid the museum's daily operating expenses and programs.
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