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Hext, in Hext is the last segment of Route 66 to lose its designation to I-40. It is a scattering of homes and an old reconverted service station.

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About Hext, Oklahoma

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Elevation 1,800 ft (549 m). Population: not available (2010).
Time zone: Central (CST): UTC minus 6 hours. Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5).

Hext is a very small hamlet on Route 66 in Beckham county.

As with most towns along Route 66 in this part of Oklahoma, the townsite was the outcome of the railway expansion westwards, into Texas. The Choctaw, Oklahoma and Gulf Railroad, later Rock Island Railroad built a line west, towards Texas and allowed settlers to reach the area.

Although it does not figure as a station on the Railway through the area in the Oklahoma and Indian Territory map of 1905, it had a post office between June 4, 1901, and November 29, 1902.

It surely lost population to nearby Sayre (8.5 mi. east) and Erick (7 miles west).

Hext the name

It was named for a prominent local resident: William Hext.

The surname Hext, is also written as Exte, Exeter and Hexter is an English "place" surname (people were named after the area they lived in). It apparently derives from either the River Exe in Devonshire or the city of Exeter.

Its meaning: it was a nickname from the Middle English word "hext" = tallest or highest, which in turn originated from Old English "hehst, the superlative of heah: "high".

Hext is an unicorporated rural community located on the Old Route 66 (modern OK-66 State highway), between the towns of Sayre and Erick.

Its population has not been recorded by the U.S. Census in the past so there is no official figure for its population.

It is located in Beckham county and Route 66 passes through the scattered houses that make up the "village".

It is a farming and ranch area. There are no shops or industries in the area.

Route 66 was aligned through the hamlet in 1929 (5th Street) after being upgraded from the former 1926 alignment. At that time it was paved.

In his book "A Guide Book to Highway 66", Jack DeVere Rittenhouse wrote about Hext in 1946, and depicted it as we now see it: "HEXT. Not a community - just a gas station, and an indication that from here on west many of the "towns" shown on usual road maps often contain no more than one building...". By the way, the service station must surely be the one we describe below.

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Route 66 and Hext Oklahoma
Location of Hext, Route 66

Getting to Hext

Heading east from Hext down Route 66 are the towns of: Sayre (8.5 mi.), Elk City (27 mi.) and Canute (33 mi.)

To the west, are Erick (7 mi.), Texola (14 mi.) and then comes the state of Texas with Shamrock (30 mi.), McLean (50 miles) and Amarillo (123 mi.).

Map of Hext and Route66

in Oklahoma.

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

The Black: line shows the 1926-1932 alignment from Bridgeport through Geary and Calumet.

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Below we give information on Route 66's 1926 alignment near Hext.

Hext, Oklahoma: Attractions & Sights

Things to Do and See

Hext, almost a Ghost Town, its Attractions

Hext is a scattering of homes along the last section of US 66 to lose its designation to Interstate 40 in Oklahoma. See its reconverted vintage filling station and the original roadbed of Route 66.

Old Service Station

On the western side of the village, on the south side of Route 66 is an old stone building belonging to a filling station whose service bay was reconverted into a house after the pumps were removed.

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Tours & Itineraries

Nearby Route 66 Towns

Visit, to the east, the nearby towns of Sayre. To the west is Erick, Texola and then comes Texas with Shamrock, Lela and McLean

The Old alignment of Route 66 near Hext

1926 to 1928: Unpaved

From Sayre to Hext. The first alignment of Route 66 between 1926 and 1928 was a dirt road which was never paved. Between Sayre and Hext it ran further south than current OK-66. Below we detail its course from Sayre:

It headed straight south along "Old Route 66", which is west of what today is US 283 (4th St.). After modern I-40, It took BK 21 which merged (now it does not) with US Hwy. 283, southbound. This was the old Postal Route. At E 1270 Rd. it took a right, heading west, through the town of Delhi. At BK 15 it took a right nortwards and then a left along BKW which then becomes E1260 Rd. At N Sheb Wooley Ave. it took a right and then a left at 12th St., just to the south east of Hext.

It bypassed the town and kept west along E 1250 Rd. until reaching N 1680Rd. where it took a right and at E 1240 Rd (Modern OK-66), IT turned left into Hext.

See the Map of this 1926 - 28 alignment between Sayre and Texola, Hext is in the middle, above the old alignment.

The 1929 alignment

South of Sayre it curved west (where the modern Exit 20 of I-40 is placed) and headed west, now incorporated into the westbound lanes of I-40. It was paved with asphalt over a concrete base in 1929 for 4.7 miles west of Sayre.

After 3 miles, just east of Hext, it kept straight (modern I-40 curves to the SW) and it ran close to the railway tracks.

At modern Exit 11, it kept straight, to the south of what is now I-40. Passed through Erick along the Roger Miller Blvd and kept westwards./p>

Later upgrades

West of Sayre it was upgraded to 4 lanes in 1956, the modern westbound lanes of I-40 are the old eastbound lanes of US 66. The "Hext" sector was upgraded to four lanes in 1955-56 by adding the estbound lanes to the original road. This section was bypassed by I-40 in 1975.

Last segment of Route 66 to lose its designation

Route 66 through Hext became in 1975 the last section of Route 66 to lose its designation to I-40.

South of Exit 11, it became a 4-lane road in 1956 all the way through Hext. However two lanes were abandoned after I-40 was opened. The abandoned sement can still be seen on the north side of the current OK-66.

Remains of Route 66

The original Portland Concrete road paved in 1929 and 1930 and later upgraded in 1956 can still be seen, abandoned, a few feet north of the modern road along this segment.

Abandoned Route 66 in Hext, Oklahoma

Old Route 66 Hext
On the right side of the modern OK-66 you can see the "old" roadbed of Route 66 in Hext OK.
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Sources

Oklahoma Place Names, George H. Shirk. pp 114

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