BY KEVIN CANFIELD
World Staff Writer | Posted: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 10:15 am
It takes money to make old things look new again.
Especially neat old things such as those found along historic Route 66.
So the National Park Service is offering grants ranging from $5,000 to $30,000, and city of Tulsa Preservation Planner Amanda DeCort wants local Route 66 property owners to know about them.
“It is all part of the city’s and county’s ongoing effort to really highlight our Route 66 corridor and improve it and make sure we are not just concentrating on new construction but on our original Route 66 fabric,” she said Monday.
In Tulsa County, Route 66 runs approximately 24 miles from 193rd East Avenue along 11th Street and Southwest Boulevard to 33rd West Avenue.
Most Tulsans know that Route 66 ran along 11th Street, which has classic neon signs such as the one found on the Desert Hills Motel, DeCort said.
“What a lot of people fail to realize is the first alignment of Route 66 came in on Admiral Boulevard and turned into downtown,” she said.
Some Tulsans have already taken advantage of the National Park Service program. The Circle Cinema, for example, received a $23,261 grant in 2012.
“This was to redo the front of the building and bring it up to more resemble what it looked like in 1952,” said Stephanie LaFevers, executive director of Circle Cinema Foundation Inc.
The grant program provides matching funds for a project, LaFevers said.
‘We had to raise the money to match it, so that was a great incentive,” she said. “They were great to work with and very appreciative of what we were trying to do.”
Other past grant recipients include a Cities Service station ($30,000); Vickery Phillips 66 ($40,000); and the Meadow Gold neon sign ($15,000).
The city of Tulsa, meanwhile, is seeking proposals to create historic markers for Route 66 properties within the city.
“We are looking for a historian to write historic markers to give tourists and Tulsans more information about what they are looking at and give them a reason to stop” DeCort said.
Kevin Canfield 918-581-8313
Route 66 grants and markers
The National Park Service is accepting applications for preservation grants for properties along Route 66. Find application information at bit.ly/rOLite66grants.
The city of Tulsa is seeking proposals from companies or individuals to create historic markers for Route 66 properties in Tulsa. To get a copy of the request for proposals, call Dennis Whitakerat 918-576-5679.