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Come Explore Where East Meets West!
Since its official beginning on Nov. 11, 1926, Route 66one of the most popular Oklahoma attactions, has been embraced by the American public. Often referred to as "the Birthplace of Route 66", Oklahoma was part of the road's beginning when Tulsa businessman Cyrus Avery spearheaded a national committee that created the U.S. Highway System in 1926, according to the Oklahoma Route 66 Association.
Avery championed the idea of a Chicago-to-Los Angeles route that would drop through the south, connecting small towns and big cities in his home state, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.
Oklahoma is blessed to have more miles of this historic 2,400-mile roadway than any other state, and the histories of the road and state are strongly intertwined.
Nearly 81 years later, Route 66 still provides a memorable "slice of American life" experience. The adventurous can hop in their cars and check it out anytime through several Oklahoma towns.
Ottawa County and the surrounding area provide a variety of stops for the traveler on Route 66. Aside from various shops, and restaurants the area offers historic stops, fun activities and ways to learn about the area and the state.
So get your kicks on Route 66 in Miami OK...Come explore where East meets West and see why we are the friendliest town on the Mother Road!
The Coleman Theatre, one of the most opulent places to visit in Oklahoma, originally named "Beautiful" is located at 103 N Main in historic downtown Miami. George L. Coleman Sr. built the theatre in 1929 at a cost of $600,000. The Boller Brothers of Kansas City, Missouri designed the opulent structure. The exterior architecture is Spanish Mission Revival. Terra Cotta Gargoyles and other hand- carved figures adorn the building's façade. The elegant Louis XV interior includes:
- Gold leaf trim
- Silk damask panels
- Stained glass panels
- Carved mahogany staircase
- Decorative plaster moldings and railings
The original Pipe Organ "The Mighty Wurlitzer" has returned home to The Coleman. The J.T. Peterson organ company of Fort Worth, Texas restored, refurbished, enhanced and completed the re-installation of the organ in the theatre in 1996. The Miami Community donated all of the $85,000 used to re-purchase the organ. In 1983 the Coleman Theatre was placed on the National Register of Historical Places. Tours are free to visitors.
Looking for fun things to do in Oklahoma, think Miami, OK.
The Route 66 Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum, which is the home to actor, Steve McQueen's Trophy Collection and numerous vintage motorcycles.
The Dobson Museum is located at 110 A Street SW and hosts some of the areas finest:
- Indian artifacts
- China glassware,
- Extensive jug collection
- Area mining display
- Early day and foreign woodworking tools
- Displays of furniture and toys used by the first area settlers
- Over 5,000 other historical items.
A Native American hand-carved statue is on display near the entrance of the museum.
Win big by visiting one of the many casinos in Miami, OK:
- The Stables
- Quapaw Casino
- Miami Tribe Gaming
- High Winds
- Buffalo Run
Places to StaySelect from many places to stay in Miami.
- America's Best Value Inn
- Deluxe Inn Motel
- Hampton Inn & Suites
- Holiday In Express & Suites
- Microtel Inn & Suites
- Legacy Inn & Suites
Miami, OK is home to many exciting and family-friendly annual events. These events include:
- Rodeo Miami - May
- O'Reilly National Monster Truck Rally - June
- Peoria Nation Annual Powwow - June
- Ottawa County Free Fair - Aug.
To get more information on these events, places to stay, things to do or places to eat in Miami, OK, visit their website at: VisitMiamiOK.com.
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