Preserving roadside architecture: Route 66 in Oklahoma

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Preserving roadside architecture: An interpretation of Route 66On Tuesday, April 10th, members of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation Department and I present “Getting the Word Out – Interpretation of Route 66 in Oklahoma.” The session will highlight our work to document and interpret Route 66 and the historic bridges along it. We will also talk about ODOT’s interactive story map of the Route 66 roadbed and other related resources.

Roadside architecture represents an important theme in transportation history. Route 66 was established in 1926. It is an example of one of the most famous of the early U.S. highways. It travels nearly 400 miles through Oklahoma, passing through Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

It’s a great project and will make an interesting discussion. For the past several years I’ve been helping ODOT survey and interpret Route 66 and many of the bridges along the route.

The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training is hosting the Are We There Yet? Preserving Roadside Architecture and Attractions conference from April 10-12 in Tulsa. Topics will focus on the buildings and features that catered to tourists who traveled American roads during the 1920s through the 1970s. It brings together architects, engineers, landscape architects, site managers, conservators, facility managers and cultural resource professionals to discuss issues related to the preservation of roadside architecture.

Stop by the session if you are attending, and if you can’t make it this year give me a call as I love talking about historic roads.


Chad Moffett

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Chad Moffett enjoys different types of historic preservation projects and helping our clients. “Every place has a unique and interesting history. Discovering and understanding these stories and how history affected the built environment is an exciting challenge,” he says. Chad specializes in developing balanced solutions that meet client needs while respecting historic resources for future generations.

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