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Getting Kicks: Route 66 East to Galena, Kansas

Posted on: June 30th, 2008 by Lori Feinman

 

The Original Tow Mater!Ever see the movie Cars? It's an animated feature film done by the magicians at Pixar Studios, and it rocks Route 66. Everyone considering coming to Tulsa for the conference should go down to your (local, independent) video store and rent it, then sign up for the Route 66 West and Route 66 East field sessions. Because when I rode along last Monday with Kaisa Barthulli, the Park Service's Route 66 Empress (not her real title), I actually met people who inspired the Pixar team and influenced the characters, AND was able to see the real vehicle on which the character of Tow Mater was based (and met the colorful local resident who inspired its personality).

tow_mater.jpgWe saw the original roadbed, several excellent bridges, and heard from our tour guide, author of several Route 66 Travel Guides, Jerry McClanahan, the stories of the rise, fall, and resurgence of this only-in-America landscape.

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Sapulpa, the heart of Route 66.

Posted on: June 26th, 2008 by Lori Feinman

 

img_2129.jpgSapulpa is a very close-in suburb of Tulsa, but when you get there it's like you're in another time. It's a classic Main Street community, with shops and cafes along the main drag, which is Route 66. We parked in Sapulpa and opened the car door and we heard... music? We weren't crazy, the Chamber of Commerce pipes music that you can hear all up and down the boulevard. Pretty cool, and really heightened that otherworldly feeling. Our tour guide Janet showed us how this small community is revitalizing their downtown using tax credits and other incentives to encourage investment by current owners as well as new investment in the community. One of the anchors of the street is an apartment for seniors (or, rather, 55 and up, it's debatable whether being 55 should qualify you for senior housing!) in a adaptive use of an office building. You'll get to see one of the sunny, comfortable apartments in the building and hear the building's story.

Another stop is the Sapulpa Historical Society, a surprisingly large museum with all sorts of interesting artifacts, but its strength is its collection of town models. A local resident lovingly recreated Sapulpa in different eras, so you can clearly see the evolution of the town - its growth following the upward trajectory of the oil industry and the railroad.

Look at my pictures to see the cross truss bridge, one of the great icons of Route 66, as well as all the other treasures. The video gives you a funny glimpse at the Sapulpa home of the founders of Frankoma Pottery, designed by Bruce Goff. I am a fan of mid-century architecture, and I love Goff stuff for it's personality and quirkiness. This house shows how he worked closely with the Frank family and used the house to showcase their business (the bricks are pottery) and their style. It by itself - and the tour guide, one of the family's daughters - is worth the trip.

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Bike Tulsa.

Posted on: June 23rd, 2008 by Lori Feinman

 

This picture does not do this house’s garden justice. Think pink. At least, think pink long enough to bike Tulsa. Tulsa has a public bike sharing program (and the bikes are pink) - just swipe your credit card and take a bike and you've got a full 24 hours to explore the city. Of course, you won't have to mess around with the credit card part of it when you bike with the Trust - the Parks department will bring us the bikes, but you'll see how it works at the starting point. Once there, the path follows the river, then veers off into town and into some wonderful residential neighborhoods. Amanda, your cruise director, tells stories and history of the different areas you'll encounter - Maple Ridge, Tracy Park, Riverside, Carson Park, Downtown. For the most part the trail is flat, there are one or two slight hills, but nothing difficult. All in all, a really nice overview of the city with some behind-the-scenes house gossip, AND you burn some calories to assuage any guilt from chicken fried steak or what have you.

bike pathClick here to see all my photos from the trip, and be sure to register and choose this session soon - there are only two opportunities to Bike Tulsa, and the bike tours always fill up early.

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Mansions, Moldings… and Munchies in Maple Ridge

Posted on: June 18th, 2008 by Lori Feinman

 

beth.jpgThe gracious and hardworking residents of the Maple Ridge neighborhood have put an elegant and impressive Candlelight House Tour together. In addition to the gorgeous crown moldings, rich textiles, enviable decor and unique designs that are standard for the Candlelight House Tour, this year the tour will offer a spread of delicious delicacies to fortify you before you set out on your way.

img_3790.jpgThe Harwelden Mansion will serve as the impressive jumping-off point where you may imbibe and nosh before picking up a bus to get to the cluster of oil boom-era mansions that have each been preserved, renovated or rehabilitated with a different approach to preservation.

The Candlelight House Tour is a long time favorite of the National Preservation Conference. Buy a ticket and enjoy one of Tulsa's finest neighborhoods.

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Caution! Tulsa Blogging Ahead!

Posted on: June 12th, 2008 by Lori Feinman

 

FIVE burgers for $1?!  Intriguing, and yet disgusting.For some people, the holiday season is their favorite time of year - the presents, the aroma of artificially scented candles, an overabundance of baked goods....not me (except for the baked goods, they're keepers). My favorite time of year is DRY RUN TIME. The conference staff leaves this Sunday for Tulsa to dry-run all the field sessions being offered at the Conference. Hopefully, by now you've received your preliminary program and have looked at what is being offered - a wonderful variety of experiences in a state that has yet to see a National Preservation Conference. In addition to experiencing Tulsa in-depth, we'll visit Oklahoma City, the Cherokee Nation, Bartlesville, Muskogee, Sapulpa, Ponca City, Guthrie, east-bound and west-bound on Route 66, and dozens of other places quirky and wonderful (keep an eye out for the next issue of Preservation, it's all about Tulsa, too).

Our first day includes dry runs of the Tulsa Downtown Safari Walking Tour and the Candlelight House Tour in Maple Ridge. Watch this space for frequent updates, and to whet your appetite for all things Tulsa.

And if I'm wrong and you haven't yet received your Preliminary Program, go to the conference page or see a PDF right away.

Thanks to the National Park Service for this and other great photos of Route 66.

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