GET YOUR KICKS ON ROUTE 66 PART TWO – January 3, 2013 The rest of Oklahoma!
After spending the night in Stroud, OK we were looking forward to breakfast at the Rock Cafe. The Rock Cafe hours are 6 AM to 3 PM week days… but the 6 AM appears to be optional. We left Stroud a little after 7 AM and it was still not open. Maybe the next time we pass through it will be open, or maybe not. In November of 2012 it was reported that the Rock Cafe was up for sale. Listing price $300,000. Dawn Welch’s daughter is grown and Dawn wants to travel. There’s a lot of history there, and a great menu!
Arcadia, OK is home to the Round Barn.
POPS is also located in Arcadia. Over 600 beverages are available in this futuristic designed building. Here you will find the world’s greatest variety of soda pop. The LED lit Pop bottle stands 66 feet tall.
We’d been through Oklahoma City before so we bypassed that and moved onto El Reno. El Reno is loaded with history from Indian uprisings to the Civil War, Prisoner of War camps, and it had an important role in the railroads.
Bridgeport OK…. The Pony Bridge
Leaving El Reno and approaching Bridgeport OK you travel across a 3,944.33 foot bridge that spans the South Canadian River. The Pony Bridge had 38 truss arches (19 on each side) that have been painted yellow and can be seen from miles and miles away. It was completed in 1936 and it is the featured bridge in the 1939 classic film “The Grapes of Wrath”. It is from the scene where Grandpa dies and is buried. It is an amazing bridge!
Watch Video: Traveling across the Pony Bridge – The Mother Road
Sadly, the Pony Bridge may be demolished and buried in the annals of history only to be read about and never experienced. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation issued the following statement last year:
“The three bridges you cite below are scheduled for replacement at this time. […] While the department certainly recognizes the historic nature and the public interest in these bridges, we also have to balance those concerns with the continued safety of these structures and of the travelling public.”
The Pony Bridge is one of those three bridges and this doesn’t sound good. Personally, I think it should be repaired rather than replaced. We traveled over it three times and I did not feel as though I was in any danger — but those who crossed the Minnesota I-35 Bridge on August 1, 2007 probably didn’t feel endangered either… so who knows?
Sayre, Oklahoma is home to the Beckham County Courthouse. It was featured in the movie “The Grapes of Wrath” because of it’s distinctive architectural design.
Our last stop in Oklahoma was at the Roger Miller Museum in Erick. No pictures (not allowed), but for me it was worth a visit to see the home of the “King of the Road.” Very interesting memorabilia and if you’re a Roger Miller fan, or even if you’re not, it’s well worth the stop.