After the big city hullabaloo of Tulsa, the next city up is Sapulpa. Home to a Route 66 iconic business for many years, Frankoma Pottery, Sapulpa maintains a healthy and vibrant downtown.
One block off Route 66, you'll find the Waite Phillips Service Station, built in 1922. Today, you won't find unleaded or ethyl gas there, but you will find Route 66 memorabilia in their on-site museum. Next-door is the Sapulpa Historical Museum, built as a hotel in 1910, which carries some Route 66 knick-knacks and artifacts all its own.
On the northern end of Sapulpa, you can check out an original piece of the Ozark Trail, which was part of the original Route 66 from 1926 until a bypass was built in 1952. The Ozark Trail itself once ran as a dirt trail from St. Louis to El Paso, with Sapulpa a convenient stop along the way. This three and a half-mile stretch takes you over Rock Creek on an original iron bridge, past a defunct drive-in, and under a railroad bridge constructed in 1925. Though a little rough at times on the suspension, this stretch is highly recommended for those who want as much of the original road as possible before hopping back on today's Oklahoma Route 66.