|Shown below is one of two Guidebook pages that matches the
sample map of Route 66 from Miami,
Oklahoma to Afton, Oklahoma.|
|The Guidebook page shown here is reproduced from the eastbound Los Angeles-to Chicago section of
|The other page is from the Guidebook section for traveling in the westbound direction from Chicago-to Los Angeles.|
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Named after the river Afton from the Robert Burns poem. Some great examples of 1920’s architecture here. Notice the bridge on the east end of town with its unique pedestrian walkways, built in 1929.
Upon leaving Afton, you have the highly recommended option of experiencing two extremely rare sections of nine-foot roadway. Yes, Virginia, the Mother Road is only NINE feet wide (sometimes less!) along these stretches.
If you want to drive "The Sidewalk Highway", as it is known, use OPTION ONE, which is an Adventure Tour "Red Route". (Please read all admonitions regarding Adventure Tours at the front of this book.)
OPTION ONE is partially a dirt road, slick and muddy in the winter, and following a rain. However, unlike some of the adventure tours in the Far West, this tour is more like "Adventure Tour Lite" because you are never isolated away from a nearby paved road. The only reason it is an adventure tour is because the old roadway doesn’t tolerate wet weather very well, and one of the criteria of this guidebook is that the designated Route 66 must be an all-weather road.
If you do not wish to travel on the narrow road, use OPTION TWO.
OPTION #1 – Driving the "Sidewalk Highway"
15.5 miles (H208) - Watch for a half-circle of narrow road on the right. This is a section of the famous eight-foot roadway. Directly across the highway from this section is what appears to be a dirt road. Make a left onto this road and the old pavement will soon appear. As you leave the highway:
0.2 miles (H209) - Grade crossing of the railroad. STOP, turn off radio, roll down windows, (stop arguing about driving on dirt roads!) and proceed with caution.
1.2 miles (H210) - Cross over I-44. Rough pavement.
1.9 miles (H211) - Curve to right.
2.6 miles - End of eight-foot roadway.
2.7 miles (H212) - Junction with stop sign, turn left onto Highway 69. Technical Institute is on your left at the junction.
Continue north toward Narcissa. One mile north of Narcissa is the intersection with E 140 Road (H215). Make a right and you are back on the remaining section of the eight-food wide highway. The road surface is becoming well worn so "Slow" is order of the day.
As you are making your right:
1.0 miles (H216) - Curve to the left.
2.0 miles (H217) - Curve to the right.
3.5 miles (H218) –Make a left turn at the junction of E Street SW and E 130 Road, and head north towards Miami.
6.3 miles (H219) - Junction of Steve Owens Blvd. and Main Street in Miami.
OPTION #2 – Skipping past the "Sidewalk Highway"
At Horse Creek Bridge:
1.6 miles (H213) - Site of the Buffalo Ranch. In business from 1953 until 1997, as a tourist stop.
1.8 miles - Cross over railroad bridge.
2.2 miles (H214) - 60 East turns, continue north on 59, 60, & 69.
2.7 miles - Cross under I-44.
8.0 miles - Intersection with Oklahoma 25 - old garage and gas station.
8.1 miles - Narcissa
9.2 miles - Curve right.
9.6 miles - Curve right.
10.3 miles - Small store on right.
11.5 miles - Curve left.
12.0 miles - Cross railroad.
12.4 miles - Route 66 Steel Building Company and the Frontier Motel. Also intersection with Oklahoma 10 - continue straight.
12.6 miles - Old garage on right.
12.7 miles - Old motor court on left.
12.8 miles - Curve to right. Neosho River Bridge ahead
14.0 miles (H219) - Corner of Main and Steve Owens Blvd in Miami. Make a left onto Main Street.
For those not familiar with Native American names, this is MY-AM-AH. Originally a trading post called Jimtown, it was home to four farmers named Jim (hence the name). A post office was established by Jim Palmer in 1890 and named Miami in honor of Palmer’s wife, a Miami Indian.
The Coleman Theater (H220), built in 1929, at the corner of 1st and Main is an excellent example of restoration.
Head north on Main Street towards Commerce, OK.
Just north of Miami (H221) (on the west side of Route 66) is the Miami Municipal Airport which, beginning in early 1941, was home to British Flying Training School #3 where RAF pilots trained during WW II. Those killed during training are buried in the Grand Army of the Republic cemetery, which lays between Route 66 and the airport.