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Route 66 from Clinton to Texola

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Read about the alignments of Route 66 between Clinton and Texola on the Texas state line.

We describe the different alignments from 1926 till the 1970s when US 66 was decommissioned. Learn about its course across the towns in Western Oklahoma and detail the realignments it has suffered since its creation back in 1926. We also include several maps with its alignment so that you can find and drive those parts of Route 66 that can still be driven, and find the sections that have been abandoned.

Drive Historic Route 66 between Clinton and Texola, OK.

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Sandhill Curiosity Shop in Erick, OK. Click for Street View

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Historic Route 66 Clinton to Texola

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Clinton to Texola Historic Route 66

Starting point: Clinton

Neon sign of Glancy Motel, Clinton, Oklahoma

classic colorful googie style 1950s Glancy Motel Neon sign
The Glancy Motel neon sign Clinton OK. Click on image for Street View

Route 66 was aligned along existing roads, all of them unpaved. Below is a map published in 1924 -two years before Route 66 was created. It shows the roads that existed a that time. Route 66 followed the alignment from Clinton to Texola, through Foss, Elk City, Sayre and Erick.

1924 roadmap of western Oklahoma
1924 roadmap western Oklahoma, See large sized map

It was long, had many 90° turns as it followed the "section line roads" that marked the lines used by surveyors to map the counties and towns. Farmers used them as roads, and the main ones became the first highways.

This first alignment was straightened out, shortened, and paving began in 1931. Below is a map published that year; it shows the alignment of US66 between Clinton Oklahoma and Texas. Only a part of the alignment was paved (solid red line), the rest was an "All-weather road" west of Erick, unpaved.

1931 roadmap of western Oklahoma
1931 roadmap western Oklahoma, See large sized map

This alignment would be improved, and the highway was expanded to a four-lane "expressway" in the late 1950s. Finally I-40 would replace it in the late 1970s.

Route 66 in Clinton

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US 66 Alignments in Clinton
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We begin our journey in Clinton.

Click on the thumbnail image to see the different alignments of Route 66 through Clinton.
The blue arrows show the 1926 to 1956 alignment. There were many alignments through the city over the course of the years.

The first one (1926) followed Gary, 4th St, Frisco and then south along 10th St. Later it avoided the downtown by taking 4th, Opal St. and 10th. In 1935 it followed Gary and then 10th.

After 1941 and until 1959 it took two separate alignments. They can be seen in the 1957 USGS map. Notice how at that time Gary Blvd. didn't curve around the western side of the city.
1. White arrows. Eastbound traffic, along 4th St. and Opal St. (map)
2. Yellow arrows. Westbound traffic, along 10th St. (map)

Then, in 1959, a four lane freeway was built east of Clinton and at what is now I-40's exit 69, it linked with the old alignment into Clinton. At the same time, Gary Blvd. was extended parallel to the railroad along western Clinton to what is now exit 65 (red arrows). Here it continued west as a four-lane freeway (I-40). See map.

The freeway continued east to Exit 65A, linking with the 10th St. alignment. The current I-40 that loops around the SE side of Clinton didn't open until 1970. Route 66 was decertified in 1985.

The original road south of Clinton continued along Neptune south of modern I-40 and then headed west after a curve along W. Commerce Rd. This segment was paved in concrete in 1931. It met modern I-40's alignment at Exit 62, and west from here along the S. Frontage Rd.

See this map of US 66's alignment in Clinton, from its 10th St. corridor west until the point where it is now cut by I-40.

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Cut by I-40

Route 66 runs as the South Frontage Road from Exit 62 westwards until a point just west of N 1280 Rd. here it curved with a NW course and back with a SW one. I-40 cuts the original alingment (map showing where) which continues on the north side of the freeway as the North Frontage Rd. all the way through Foss.

The Old alignment of Route 66 near Foss

As the old US66 is cut by I-40, you must cross to the north side of I-40 at Exit 61 From this exit and through Foss there are several alignments:

1926-1931

See this map 1926 Route 66 in Foss.

This road was not paved, it was the old Postal Road. It headed straight west along (a now missing section) of E1060 Rd. (you can reach the existing segment via North frontage Road of I-40 and then take a right along N 2160 Rd. to E1060 Rd, where you should turn left. Keep west until reaching OK-44 and then head south towards Foss, go through the town along Broadway and keep straight until reaching modern OK-66, cross it, cross I-40 and head south until SW 1095 (turn right), then left on N2130 Rd. then turn right on E 1100 Rd. and follow it until reaching I-40. The old road kept west but now I-40 cuts its path at S US 66 by Turkey Creek.

It is here that its path joins the one later followed by the 1931-1956 alignment, which we detail below.

Old Kobels Place Service Station in Foss, slowly falling apart.

Old Vintage Service Station in ruins among the trees, in Foss Oklahoma
Kobel's Place, an abandoned gas station on Route 66, Foss, Larry Myhre

1931-1958 US 66

The road was paved in Portland concrete and bypassed Foss completely. From modern Exit 57, it kept along the alignment later followed by the 1958 upgrade to 4-lanes and later by I-40. It was the current north frontage Road until 0.7 mi. before OK-44, where it shifted right and took the alignment now followed by OK-66 and headed west as such all the way to modern Exit 55 where Lake Clinton interrupts the old road. At this point it merged with the 1926-1931 aligment.

Map with the 1931-58 alignment through Foss.

After 1958

Upgraded to a 4 lane road, it laid down the path followed later by I-40.

Lake Clinton and Canute Segment

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US 66 Alignments in Lake Clinton
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As mentioned above, Route 66 is cut after 50 by Lake Clinton and I-40. Click on the map to see a larger version of it.

The yellow arrow shows the 1926-31 alignment. The Blue arrows mark the 1931-1956 and 57 alignments. These are now cut by I-40, which was built in 1956-57 in this area. The Red lines mark the missing roadbed of Route 66, disrupted and cut off by I-40.

West of this point (see map) US 66 runs west on the north side of the Freeway. And at the eastern side of Canute it is once again cut by I-40 which curves around the north side of the town, this bypass opened in 1970.

The original 1926 to 1970 Route 66 kept on with a straight westerly course.

See the Map of the section that can be driven east of Canute.

Through Canute

Route 66 runs through into the town on the south side of I-40 for almost 2 miles, passing under a 1931 railway tressle bridge on the way. This is the map through Canute. The road is cut once again by I-40 on the western side of the town, and continues on the other side of the freeway, as its North Frontage Rd.

West of Canute

This is a 3 mile-long segment, paved with the original 1931 portland cement which is only cut at the overpass of N2050 Rd. This was a two lane road between 1926 and 1956. The whole segment ends at the Super 8 motel at the entrance into Elk City.

In 1956 the highway was improved and became a four-lane expressway and this road became the westbound lanes of the new freeway until 1958. After that Route 66 moved to what is now I-40 and the old road became what it is now, a service road. See this Map west of Canute.

Into Elk City

1950s color postcard view of Flamingo Motel, Elk City OK
A 1950s postcard view of Flamingo Motel, Elk City, credits

The 1926 to 1985 Route 66 followed this alignment. It originally ran along the westbound lanes. Later the eastbound ones were added. This was paved in 1931-32 with concrete.

It curved south along Van Buren Ave. and then west along 3rd St. The bridge at Elk Creek was built in 1929 and at Washington St. the 1926 to 1929 alignment split south.

The alignment in 1929 was shortened, it continued west and after leaving the city, continued along westbound lanes that curved with a SW course and after Exit 32 continued as the North Frontage Rd. (Map through Elk City to Exit 32).

1926-28 alignment in Elk City

It ran south along Washington St., west along 7th St., and again south along Randall St. Now it is cut after crossing West Elk Creek, by the lake. Map 1926-29 US 66 to West Elk Creek.

It continues on the south side of the lake and then runs with a general westwards direction until it is cut by a creek (Map). Drive round to pass the creek and start at OK-34 and E1170 Rd. Go west. After going through Doxey and crossing the railroad, turn south along BK24 and west along BKW (later BKO) passing I-40 and entering Sayre along Benton Ave. See this Old 1926-28 Route 66 Elk City to Sayre.

Route 66 west of Elk City

The Bypass around Erick from Exit 32 in the west to Exit 41 in the East, replaced US66 in 1970.

The north service Road from Exit 32 to the N 1190 Rd ⁄ BK 25 overpass is the 1929-56 Route 66 (see the map).

Timber Creek Bridge

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Map with US 66 Alignment in Timber Creek
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At the present overpass, the highway curved south to cross Timber Creek, and this part is now overlaid by I-40 (in red line in the map. The old alignment continues on the south side of the freeway and crosses the creek using a historic 1928 steel truss bridge.

Then it swung back (now under I-40) returning to its course along what is now the N. Frontage Road.

Old 1928 Timber Creek Bridge on Route 66 near Sayre, Oklahoma

steel bridge among trees and fields on Route 66
Old 1928 Timber Creek Bridge on Route 66 between Elk City and Sayre, Oklahoma, click on image for street vew

From 1956 to 1966 this road became the westbound lanes of the four-lane US66. After 1966 it became the Frontage road of I-40 ⁄ US66.

Route 66 across Sayre

Historic US66 continued all the way along the North service Rd up to Exit 25 where it enters Sayre along what is now Historic Route 66. Map west of the bridge to Sayre.

The eastbound lanes of future I-40 were built in 1958 from Timber Creek to Exit 25 and together with Historic 66 formed a four-lane highway that curved into Sayre along what is now Bus. 40. The westbound lanes were built in 1970 and completed the bypass around Sayre. Historic 66 became the North Service Rd.

Route 66 then turned south along N 4th St. It met the 1926-28 alignment at Benton Ave and continued to downtown Sayre. At Main Street it turned west and this was the alignment from 1926 till 1958.

detail USGS 1960 Map of Sayre and Route 66

1960 USGS Map Sayre Route 66 alignments.
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The "Y" and curve on US66 west of Sayre

See the 1960 USGS map of Sayre (click image for large sized map). The Black arrows mark the 1926-58 alignment. The Blue arrow shows the alignment after 1958. Notice the curve at the "Y" fork (upper left corner black arrow), where US66 turns sharply southwards

The road originally had a sharp 90° curve where OK-152 continued with a western course, crossing the railroad, and Route 66 turned south. Later a "Y" fork was built here, both highways split at the fork with US66 heading in a curve towards the south.
The remains of the old road can be seen. The original fork has been abandoned and linked to the present W Main St. on the western side of Short Creek. Ahead there is a 90° turn next to the railroad.

Route 66 alignment north of the N. Fork of the Red River

The 1926-58 alignment continues south towards the North Fork of the Red River, where it is cut off: the bridge has gone. See this map with directions.

Route 66 alignment south of the N. Fork of the Red River

You can drive on the south side of the river, see this map with directions of the 1929-1958 alignment.

1926-29 Alignment

The first (1926-29) alignment continued south along BK-21 now cut by I-40. See these two maps: map north of I-40 and map south of I-40 all the way to Erick. This one wasn't paved while it was US66.

1958-70 alignment

Continues south from downtown Sayre along S 4th St., and as it curves to meet I-40, the eastbound lanes of the original alignment are now buried under the westbound lanes of the freeway. The westbound lanes of US66 now are part of the N. Frontage Rd. See this map with directions.

Sayre to Hext

USGS map showing US66

1955 map Sayre to Erick
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The map shows a four-lane Route 66 (USGS 1955). Current I-40 was built later, and runs south of US 66. Click on the map to see a large size map.

The original two-lane Route 66 west of Sayre all the way to Hext and beyond, up to Erick, was upgraded to four lanes in 1956. Later, in 1975 when I-40 opened, its westbound lanes were built on top of the two eastbound lanes of US66, leaving only the two former westbound lanes which now make up the North Frontage Road.

Further ahead, at a point 1.5 miles west of N 1850 Rd. where the railroad and US66 converge and I-40 curves to the SW, the old four-lane alignment has survived. Though the 2 westbound lanes cannot be driven, and are partly covered by bushes and trees that have grown on it since 1970.

Here you will see, to your right the fork where these westbound lanes splits from the extant alignment.

The image shows the current and old lanes as they cross Turkey Creek.

Current two lanes and the two old westbound lanes of US66 in Hext

old alignment and bridges in the trees
1931 roadmap western Oklahoma. Hext is located between Sayre and Erick. Click for St. View

These westbound lanes run parallel to the remaining lanes that are still open to traffic. They end just east of I-40s Exit 11, where the road becomes a real four-lane highway (the original four-lane Route 66), crosses the freeway and continues like that all the way into Erick.

Abandoned lanes of Route 66 in Hext, Oklahoma

Old Route 66 in Hext
On the right side of the modern OK-66 you can see the "old" roadbed of Route 66 in Hext OK (red arrow). Click image for Street View

The now abandoned and closed westbound lanes of the 1956-1970 four-lane Route 66 in Hext

overgrown concrete lanes among the trees and shrubs
Original westbound lanes of Route 66 in Hext, OK. The eastbound lanes (current US66) can be seen to the left. Click for Street View

I-40 was built south of Hext in 1975. The four lane Route 66 begins again just north of Exit 11. See the map from Sayre to Erick Historic alignment.

Hext to Erick

From Exit 11, US 66 1929 - 1975 alignment becomes a four-lane highway (the second set of lanes was built in 1956) all the way to

Route 66 and Wooley Ave. in 1950 and nowadays
Looking east from Wooley Ave. and Route 66 in a Then and Now sequence, Erick, OK. Credits
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1926-28 Alignment

The original unpaved route 66 ran along another alignment, further south, through Delhi. See this map of 1926-28 Sayre to Erick alignment.

At Erick on its main street and Route 66 1926 alignment (12th St. and South Sheb Wooley) you can see the remains of a gas station. A strategic location.

Old Gas station in Erick, on 1926-28 Route 66

Old Route 66 running next to homes and 1920s gas station
Old Gas Station on the 1926 to 28 Route 66 at Sheb Wooley Ave. in Erick, Oklahoma Click image for Street View

The road passed just south of downtown Erick, and continued west to Texola (1926-28 alignment from Erick to Texola. This alignment met the later one, just 2.2 miles west of Texola.

At this crossroads, on the SW corner of US 66 and N 1680 Rd. you can see the remains (ruins) of Crossman's Camp, a camping area and primitive motel and gas station.

Historic Route 66 alignment Erick to Texola

satellite view of old alignment and new one

Map of the alignment. Click image to enlarge

The 1929 alignment left Erick along W 3rd St. and continued with a straight course towards Texola. It became a four-lane highway in 1956.

You can spot a small section of the original 2 lane road to your left, on the south side of the eastbound lane at Little Turkey Creek, 2.8 miles east of Texola.

The old road runs with a curved alignment between two culverts on the Creek, one at each tip of the segment. The culverts are gone and the road cannot be driven. See this map showing its location.

old road among the trees next to the newer road
Old and later four-lane alignments. . Click image for Street View.
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Texas State Line. Click image for Street View

State Line

The highway ran through the town of Texola, curved to the NW and 0.4 mi ahead, reached the Texas - Oklahoma state line, marking the end of your journey through from Clinton to Texola. This is the Map from Erick to the state line in Texola.

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Credits and Sources

Banner image: Hackberry General Store, Hackberry, Arizona by Perla Eichenblat.
Route 66 Maps. Oklahoma D.O.T.

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