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Museum to Host Neon Exhibit

2013-03-20 19:26:37

CLINTON, Okla. - Beginning the first week of April, the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum will be hosting an exhibit on neon signs entitled “Liquid Fire: the Buzz and the Glow of Neon on Route 66”.

The exhibit will highlight the history of neon technology as well as neon signs along Route 66 in Oklahoma. It will be on exhibition through the 2013 summer.

Neon is the beacon of the Mother Road. The visual spectacle of neon signs captures the attention of tourists and road-weary travelers drawing them closer like moths to a flame. Filling stations, roadside courts and motels, curio shops, and diners all harness the visual power of neon to attract business. A product of multiple advances in science and technology in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, neon signs are a commercial standard on the Main Street of America. From Chicago to L.A., in St. Louis, Oklahoma City, or Albuquerque, neon buzzes and glows above Route 66 forever linking the iconic signs to the iconic road.

This special exhibit can be viewed at the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Starting May 1, the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum will stay open later until 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sundays during the summer.

For more information, contact Pat Smith, Director of the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum at (580) 323-7866 or email


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