As I was heading out to Albuquerque, New Mexico, on I-40 I saw several signs for the National Route 66 Museum in Elk City, and thought that it would be a good place to get out and stretch my legs. It ended up being an excellent place to get out of the car because, as I found out, it was a lot more than just a Route 66 museum. Attached along with it were an Old Town Museum, Transportation Museum, and a Farm and Ranch Museum. The area I was most interested in was the Route 66 museum but for five bucks I could see the whole complex which I felt was extremely reasonable so I forked over the cash and started my tour. To see the first half of our National Route 66 Museum review click here.
The Farm and Ranch museum had many exhibits and covered just about everything that I would ever want to know about farming in the heartland of America. Now the museum is more about the opportunity to see a varied collection of farming equipment than it is about teaching somebody exactly what each piece was for. It was interesting to see the variety and quantity of farm equipment everything from a 1936 John Deere Tractor to many different types of barbed wire, this museum had it all. If you are into windmills at all there are quite a few of them on the grounds and many variations.
After visiting the Farm and Ranch Museum I walked across the complex to check out the Pioneer Museum, which is located in what appears to be an old farm house. This part of the museum had several rooms designed to show what it would look like to live in a home of that time period. Plus several other rooms filled with artifacts, toys, clothing, and a variety of other things from that bygone age. The upstairs part of the Pioneer Museum was dedicated to the Beutler Brothers Rodeo Hall of Fame. I found this part of the Pioneer Museum to be the most fascinating not because I am into rodeos but due to the fact that I thought it was just laid out so much better than the rest of the museum. It was neat to see the newspaper clippings and rodeo posters along with saddles and trophies explain the glory days of small town rodeos.
Overall, I would say that I enjoyed my time here and I am glad that I took the time to stop. Though no single part of the museum complex is that outstanding when coupled together with the low admission price it becomes a worthwhile spot to stop, stretch the legs, and take in some of that Americana that makes the United States so great.
National Route 66 Museum
Located at Old Highway 66, Elk City, Oklahoma
Hours of Operation- Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost of admissions as of this posting- $5 for all three museums that are there, $4 for 65 and up and students aged 6 to 16, $3 to access just one museum
For more information visit their website at http://www.elkcity.com/Pages.asp?s=Mus&id=7