June 14, 2018 -
Work has begun at the intersection of East Admiral Place and Mingo Road to lay a concrete foundation for new Route 66 artwork – a Vision 2025 project. The artwork, titled “Route 66 Rising,” will be installed in the fall of 2018. A rendering of the sculpture is attached.
To honor Cyrus Stevens Avery, the Father of Route 66 who lived in Tulsa, the intersection of Admiral Place and Mingo Road has been named the Avery Traffic Circle. This location is on the original 1926-1932 alignment of Route 66.
Avery Traffic Circle also is the former site of Cyrus Stevens Avery’s tourist court. With full-brick Tudor Revival architecture, the tourist court consisted of an auto service and gas station, the Old English Inn with white tablecloths, and tourist cabins. An Avery Service Station postcard also is attached with this release.
The “Route 66 Rising” sculpture will be approximately 70 feet wide and 30 feet high. The budget for this Vision 2025 Route 66 project is $655,000.
Vision 2025 was a sales tax collected in Tulsa County from 2004 through 2016 that provided for regional economic development and capital improvements. Vision 2025 included $15 million for projects on Route 66 in Tulsa. Beginning in 2017, the Vision Tulsa sales tax replaced Vision 2025 within the city limits of Tulsa.