National Route 66 Museum Complex Information
Visit the National Route 66 & Transportation Museum in Elk City to take a journey through each of the eight states Route 66 passes through – from Illinois all the way to California. See quirky roadside attractions that lured people to stop, and get a feel for the experience of traveling down Route 66. Walk through displays of antique cars and historical documents detailing the narrative of America's highway. The National Route 66 & Transportation Museum invites both children and adults to experience automobiles of the past with interactive and hands-on displays. "Drive" down Route 66 in a 1955 pink Cadillac and watch a black and white movie at a mock drive-in theater while sitting in a classic Chevy Impala. The museum is part of the Old Town Museum Complex, complete with displays and artifacts that give a glimpse into the lives of early settlers in Western Oklahoma, as well as the Farm and Ranch Museum, celebrating Oklahoma's agricultural heritage. While you're at the complex, make sure to see the replicas of a schoolhouse, opera house, doctor's office and chapel, and immerse yourself in pioneer history.
Old Town Museum
Early Oklahoma pioneer life is depicted as visitors wander through this grand tow story Victorian house. Visitors will find the lower level of the house filled with early pioneer life, Stars & Stripes Room, Native American Gallery, and Elk City's own Susan Powell Miss America 1981 displays among the many sites to see. The upper level is devoted to the early cowboy and rodeo way of life. Numerous items are on display that have been donated by the world famous Beutler Brothers Rodeo Stock Producers. The Beutler Ranch is just north of Elk City and they have been producing award winning rodeo stock since 1929.
Farm & Ranch Museum
The Farm & Ranch Museum features a vast collection of tools that were used in early farm and ranch life in western Oklahoma. A blacksmith shop, windmill collection, tractors, tractor seat collection, broom corn thrasher, and barb wire collection are among some of the exhibits found in this museum.
Visitors to the Blacksmith Museum can view how blacksmiths created objects from iron or steel by forging the metal by using tools to hammer, bend and cut. Blacksmiths produce things like wrought iron gates, grills, railings, light fixtures, furniture, sculptures, tools, agricultural implements, decorative and religious items, cooking utensils, horseshoes, and weapons.