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El Reno

It's a speedy ride on the four-lane highway from Oklahoma City into El Reno, the county seat of Canadian County. El Reno not only has Route 66 heading east-west through town, but also the historic Chisholm Trail comes north-south and is followed by U.S. Highway 81.

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El Reno's historic downtown features a series of classic buildings, a working streetcar line (the only one in Oklahoma), shops, and murals. The streetcar line is called the Heritage Express Trolley, looping from the grounds of the Canadian County Historical Museum through downtown Wednesdays through Saturdays. On several downtown streets, the tracks run right down the middle.

Remember that pedestrian underpass in Odell, Illinois? There's another one here in El Reno, a WPA project completed in 1936. Unlike the one in Odell, this one isn't filled-in with stones to discourage heading down the stairs; the discouragement was when there was the presence of water a few feet deep in the tunnel.

Heading west of El Reno, Route 66 becomes a two-lane highway with plenty of long vistas.

There is a piece of old Route 66 that branches north and heads to Geary, Oklahoma, before heading back south. Today, U.S. 281 covers that stretch, although you can take the diversion if you want. Either way, everything comes back together for Route 66's push across the Canadian River, which happens on the longest truss bridge in Oklahoma.

Best Western Hensley's
2701 S Country Club Rd
El Reno, Oklahoma, 73036-6116
(405) 262-6490
 
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