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1926 Route 66 is its Main Street

The town of Depew is a very typical American "Small-Town", with its red brick stores lined up along the Main Street. Depew's Main Street was the original 1926 alignment of Route 66. There are several segments of the original roadbed near Depew. Enjoy its tranquil ambiance.

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About Depew, Oklahoma

Facts, Trivia and useful information

Elevation: 883 ft. (269 m). Population: 476 (2010).
Time zone: Central (CST): UTC minus 6 hours. Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5).

Depew is a small town in the southwestern part of Creek County.

Depew's History

For an early history of the region see Tulsa's History.

The town was originally a part of the land belonging to the Creek Tribe in the Indian Territory, which would later become the state of Oklahoma.

Main Street - Route 66 in downtown Depew, Oklahoma

Main Street - Route 66 in Depew
The Downtown and Main St.- Route 66, Depew, Oklahoma
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When the St. Louis and Oklahoma City Railroad extended its tracks towards Oklahoma City, in 1898, it built a station and named it Hall. Shortly after, in 1901, Walter F. Malley established a town at Hall and gave it its present name: Depew.

The Name: Depew

Chauncey M. Depew was a U.S. senator (R) for New York from 1899 to 1911. He was a great orator and speaker, and once said: "Speech-making is a tonic to me".

His main focus was the railroad business and he began as a railroad attorney for the N.Y. Central Railroad he eventually became its president. Later on he was accused of catering to the interests of railway and insurance concerns.

A post office opened and in 1905, the town was platted and lots sold. The school was built in 1909, when the town had 150 residents. It was a rural community, with a cotton gin and some stores.

The oil boom that began in 1915 at nearby Sapulpa did not have much of an impact on Depew, but Route 66 was aligned through the town in 1926 and it brought a steady flow of travelers.

By 1930 the population was 1,126, and began to decline to its current level of 476 in 2010.

The Oklahoma Natural Gas Company built an underground storage plant in 1950 just south of Depew. Nowadays most of the employed residents of Depew commute to work at Bristow or Sapulpa.

As Route 66 became overcrowded and unsafe during the mid-1950s, the interstate I-44 (Turnpike) was built and it linked Oklahoma City with Tulsa bypassing Depew and replacing Route 66.

Where to Stay

There are several hotels in nearby towns along Route 66

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>> There are several RV campgrounds close to Depew in Stroud, Sapulpa and Bristow.

Weather in Depew

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Minimum Tornado Risk in Depew, although the town is located in Oklahoma's "Tornado Alley there are only 10 Tornado watches every year.

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Route 66 and Depew Oklahoma
Location of Depew, Route 66

Getting to Depew

Heading east along Route 66, Bristow is 8 miles away, Sapulpa is 23 miles and Tulsa is 40 mi.

To the west, are Stroud (11 mi.) , Chandler and, 80 mi. away, Oklahoma City.

Map of Depew and Route66

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Pale Blue: Historic Route 66 alignment; Red line: Interstate highways, where they overlap the old alignment.

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Route 66 itinerary to Depew

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Below we detail the Old Alignment of Route 66 near Depew and through its business district.

Depew, Oklahoma: Attractions & Sights

Things to Do and See

Depew Attractions

The Main Street of Depew was the original 1926 alignment of Route 66. It is a typical Small-Town America. Both east and west of the town are the 1926 to 1984 original segments of Route 66.

The Main Street is lined with the classic red brick Commercial Style buildings, and on the southwestern corner of Main and 5th Streets is an old building that was once a filling station:

Down Town Depew, a vintage building, perhaps a former Service Station

Vintage building Depew
Former service station at Depew, OK.
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Tours & Itineraries

Nearby Route 66 Towns

Visit the nearby town of Stroud to the west and Bristow, Kellyville and Sapulpa to the east.

Route 66 alignment through Oklahoma

Learn more about alignment of Historic Route-66 through Oklahoma.

The Historic "Original" segments of Route 66 near Depew

Drive along the Original Route 66 alignment of the 1920s

We will detail the two sections from east to west, driving from Bristow to Depew and then west of Depew towards Stroud.

The original road that linked Bristow, Sapulpa and Depwe was the "Ozark Trails" system, which was built in 1915 and had many unpadve sections. It was incorporated into the new U.S. Highway 66 when it was created in 1926.

East of Depew

The current Ok-66 after the Old segment west of Bristow, follows the 1926 alignment almost all the way to Depew.

The first alignment from Bristow to Depew of Route 66, between 1926 and 1928 was unpaved. The only paved section was Depew's business district which had been paved by the city in 1925. This led to the original Route 66 to pass through the center of the town.

At W241st St. S., head straight west at the point where OK-66 turns to the southwest (following the 1928 alignment). W241st St. S, is the original 1926-1928 roadway. At the next junction take a left along S 449th W Ave. southwards (again, the 1926-28 alignment) until you reach OK-66.

At OK-66 turn right and head towards Depew; this is the alignment that has existed since 1926. Once you reach the town follow the 1926 to 1928 alignment right through the center of Depew: south down Flynn Ave., then turn right along Main St. and again, another right along Ladd. Ave. back to current OK-66.

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Remaining Roadbed of 1928

Just south of the current OK-66, between Flynn and Ladd, is the original 1928 paved segment of road, now cutoff from the highway.

West of Depew

Once you reach OK-66 turn left, westwards. The original road used between 1926 and 1984 is on the north side of OK-66.

From this point west, OK-66 is the more modern and upgraded alignment completed in 1984.

But the 1926 - 84 road begins at 465th W Ave, just next to the buildings there. You will see that in this area it is interrupted. Just west you can also see it and even get onto it, but it is a short segment.

To really drive the old road, head west along OK-66 and 0.6 mi from Ladd Ave. take a right and then a left to follow "West Old Highway 66" (which is th 1928-1984 roadbed), it runs parallel to the newer 1984 alignment and after 2.2 miles rejoins it.

The 1926-1928 road had another alignment, it headed west towards Depew's Cemetery (next to I-44), then south and finally rejoined the current road at the end of this segment.

Cross to the south of OK-66 and head west along the 1926-1984 W Old Hwy 66 until it meets OK-66 again after 2.3 miles.

Click to see the map of this section.

Natural Attractions

National & State Parks

Heyburn Lake Park is nearby, to the northeast of Depew. There are also outdoor recreation spots and State Parks near Bristow (in Tulsa)

Sources

Image by Shane Hampton, (2011), Depew, Oklahoma: "Project Postcard">Depew, Oklahoma: "Project Postcard" Institute for Quality Communities, The University of Oklahoma. Under Fair use.

Chauncey M. Depew: A Featured Biography. U.S. Senate.

Linda D. Wilson Depew, Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, www.okhistory.org

George H. Shirk, Oklahoma Place Names.

Image Used as per Google Street View Image Api Updated Dec. 31, 2014.

Image by Vítězslav Válka adapted under its CC BY-SA 3.0 CZ License

Map Icons by Nicolas Mollet under its CC BY SA 3.0 License