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New Route 66 Interpretive Center in Tulsa

The City of Tulsa, Oklahoma  will build a new Route 66 interpretive center. It will be a three story building, housing a restaurant on the top floor, an interpretive center, office space, gift shops, and smaller restaurants on the lower floors. It will cost $10 million and be funded with public and private funds. It is a part of a larger Route 66 master plan.

The former 11th Street Bridge has be renamed the Cyrus Avery Bridge, and the Avery Centennial Plaza and the Avery Centennial Skywalk are located on the east end of the bridge. Cyrus Avery, a member of the American Association of State Highway Officials that laid out the Route 66,  was instrumental in getting the road routed through his hometown of Tulsa.

An oil man, he also owned a tourist court and restaurant at the east end of Tulsa, built before the advent of Route 66.