Route 66 in the News

Round Barn Harkens to Farming Era

2009-02-21 22:17:14

ARCADIA, Okla. - In 1926 Route 66 was commissioned to join Chicago and Los Angeles passing thru eight states.

Much of Route 66 has been expanded with new highways and four lane interstates but Oklahoma has retained more of the original Route 66 than any other state. A long time icon of Route 66 has been the Round Barn in Arcadia, Oklahoma just 23 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

This barn was built in 1898 and served many years as not only a working barn but hosted many a barn dance in the loft. Spanning 60 feet across and 45 feet tall this two story barn stands as a tribute to Oklahoma’s farming heritage. For many years the barn sat and deterioration began to take its toll. In 1988 a group of retired gentlemen lead by Luke Robison, a retired contractor, took up the task of restoring the barn. It took four years but with the effort of many volunteer hours and fund raising the barn was restored to its original glory. Today the downstairs features photos of the restoration and other round barns around the country along with a gift shop that contains Route 66 memorabilia. Be sure to take a trek up the stairs (sorry no elevator in this barn) to see the loft and the workmanship in the round domed roof that amazes me each time I visit.

There is no admission to the Round Barn but donations are gladly accepted. The Round Barn is open Tuesday-Sunday 10 am–5 pm, closed on Mondays and holidays. Phone 405-396-0824.

~Janet Raines, Oklahoma City Day Trips Examiner


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