An Eclectic Day Trip

This is a day trip you can do while in Tulsa. Take an hour or a day and see some strange and historic monuments. You might have to do some research to find out where each one is, but that's half the fun.

Start out downtown, at Tulsa's roots, right on historic Route 66! Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza stands as a monument to Route 66 and its founder, Cyrus Avery, with a larger-than-life bronze sculpture arrangement entitled "East Meets West". There is a large arrangement of state flags and a purely decorative historic bridge! It has been renovated and is considered the place where East meets West on Route 66.

*As an aside, stop by the "Center of the Universe" which also lies downtown. If you stand in the center of the Center of the Universe and speak (with both feet on the middle crack), you'll hear your voice amplified several times over. Outside the circle, though, listeners hear something somewhat distorted, sans amplification. Nobody really knows why. Do you have any theories?  
**Another bonus is that if you stand equal distances from the center as someone else (in the middle), you'll hear their voice echo, but not your own. 

The next spectacle is just south of the Center of the Universe. It is a giant iron monument called "The Artificial Cloud". It is enshrined in mystery as to the meaning and symbolism involved. Go ahead, clang the giant door knocker! 

Next visit the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park. At its center lies the tall spiraling "Tower of Reconciliation", a bronze statue which celebrates the African-American experience in Oklahoma from 1540 to the present. There are several other larger-than-life bronze statues in the park. 

From this park, looking south, you can see a building with a long stretch of large painted murals which commemorate "Dia de los Muertos" at Living Arts. About a block south of the Living Arts murals is a miniature oil-derrick at the entrance of the Tulsa Drillers baseball stadium.

In the park accross the street and south of the BOK Tower is a giant globe (or miniature earth) with several bronze statues surrounding it. 

Next, make your way to the Golden Driller, the largest free-standing statue in the world! It is also the official state monument of Oklahoma. At 22-tons, 76 feet tall, wearing size 393DDD shoe and sporting a 48-foot waistline, this is one hefty driller!

Golden Dirller

Head towards Catoosa. From Highway 66 you will see the Liquid Life Bottle. Take the 11th Street exit  if you want to stop for pictures.

Liquid Life

Head north on 66 to the famous Catoosa Whale.

 Catoosa Whale 

Head north on old  Route 66 and turn right on Route 28 to the Ed Galloway Totem Pole Park. This park claims to have the worlds tallest totem pole. If you like American folk art, you'll really enjoy the carvings on the various sculptures in this park. Look for the owl smoking a cigarette. Be sure to go in the fiddle house to see the hand crafted violins.

Ed Galloway Totem Pole

Continuing north, just off of Highway 44 is the Big Chief, hanging out in front of this truck stop.

Big Chief

At one time, this was the the world's largest McDonald's. It spans 4 lanes of Highway 44. This is a good place to stop for a snack.

Largest McDonalds

 Heading west, before you enter Nowata you can visit the Bowling Ball House. In the yard you'll find a fence made of bowling balls, a giant croquet set, and other big things.

Bowling Ball Fence

 Make your way to Higway 169 south. Oolagah is famous as the birthplace of Will Rogers, but the real attraction is the big cow on Cooweescowee Avenue.

Cow

Heading back to Tulsa there are three more attractions close to eachother. The Giant hands at Oral Roberts University.

 

Big Tooth on Peoria Avenue.

Giant Tooth

 And finally, the Largest Oklahoma State Flag at the auto dealership across the river on Route 66.

OK Flag