Local & Regional
Fri November 9, 2012
East Meets West in Downtown
A bronze sculpture that illustrates the cultural significance of Route 66 is unveiled in Tulsa.
About 300 people gathered Friday for a ceremony at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Southwest Boulevard.
The 20,000-pound sculpture by Texas artist Roberts Summers features Cyrus Avery and his family in a Model T as they encounter a horse-drawn carriage on its way from the west Tulsa oil fields.
The work stretches 60 feet from end to end and is 15 feet tall.
Avery is considered the father of Route 66. He lobbied Congress to build the all weather highway to connect Chicago with California. It was his action that got the roadway to run through Tulsa.