|Shown below is one of the two Guidebook pages that match the
sample map of Route 66 from Miami,
Oklahoma to Afton, Oklahoma.|
|The Guidebook page shown here is reproduced from the westbound Chicago-to-Los Angeles section of
|The other page is from the Guidebook section for traveling in the eastbound direction from Los Angeles-to-Chicago.|
(Click here to return to the Guidebook/Atlas page.)
For those not familiar with Native American names, this is MY-AM-UH. 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.
To follow Route 66 through Miami, go south on Route 69 (Main Street) to Steve Owens Blvd. (H219). (Note: a Route 66 purist would have you jog over one block to A St NW and follow it south to Steve Owens Blvd. and then jog back, but then you would miss the Coleman Theatre!)
14.3 miles (H220) - The Coleman Theater, built in 1929, at the corner of 1st and Main is an excellent example of restoration.
On the south side of Miami, 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"
At the corner of Main and Steve Owens Blvd (H219) in Miami:
Continue south on Main across the Neosho River. The road will become E Street SW.
2.9 miles (H218) – Make a right turn at the "T" intersection of E Street SW and E 130 Rd.
The road surface is becoming well worn so "Slow" is order of the day.
3.8 miles - Begin first nine foot section.
4.4 miles (H217) - Curve to the left.
5.4 miles (H216) - Curve to the right.
6.4 miles (H215) - Left turn onto Hwy 69 and head south through Narcissa.
12.5 miles (H212) - Right turn onto E 200 Road at the Technical Institute.
12.7 miles - Start of 8 foot roadway. Watch your speed, road surface is badly pitted.
13.5 miles (H211) - Curve to left.
14.3 miles (H210) - Cross over I-44. Rough pavement.
15.3 miles (H209) - Grade crossing at railroad. Turn off radio, roll down windows, (stop arguing about driving on dirt roads!) and proceed with caution.
15.5 miles (H208) - Right onto highway to continue to Afton.
OPTION #2 – Skipping past the "Sidewalk Highway"
At the corner of Main and Steve Owens Blvd (H219) in Miami, make a right on Steve Owens Blvd and
As you approach the Neosho River, make certain you are in the left lane to cross the bridge.
1.2 miles - Curve to left.
1.3 miles - Old Motor Court on right.
1.4 miles - Old garage on left.
1.6 miles - Route 66 Steel Building Company and the Frontier Motel. Also intersection with Oklahoma 10 - continue straight.
2.0 miles - Cross railroad.
2.5 miles - Curve right.
3.7 miles - Small store on left.
4.4 miles - Curve left.
4.8 miles - Curve left.
5.9 miles - Narcissa
6.0 miles - Intersection with Oklahoma 25 - old garage and gas station
11.3 miles - Cross under I-44.
11.8 miles (H214) - 60 East turns, continue on 59, 60, & 69.
12.2 miles - Cross over railroad bridge.
12.4 miles (H213) - Site of the Buffalo Ranch. In business from 1953 until 1997, as a tourist stop. Just ahead, Hwy 59 turns south, you continue around the curve towards Afton.
14.0 miles (H207) - Curve to the left and cross Horse Creek. Notice the pedestrian walkways on either side of the bridge.
At Horse Creek Bridge:
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.
0.3 miles (H206) - Rest Haven Motel on the right.
1.1 miles - Old tourist cabins on right.
1.6 miles - Road curves to left.
5.5 miles (H205) - Dead Man’s Corner - Old station and garage on right.
8.8 miles - Cross stream.
10.2 miles (H204) – Junction with OK 82, continue straight
13.4 miles (H203) - Cross Little Cabin Creek - Arched bridge.
14.5 miles (H202) - Cross under I-44 turnpike.
14.9 miles - Down hill into Vinita.
15.2 miles (H201) - Cross Bull Creek.