The Norman Transcript

November 10, 2012

Monument marks Route 66 culture

The Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — 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 Tulsa World reports ( ) that the work stretches 60 feet from end to end and is 15 feet tall.

Avery, a former Tulsa County commissioner, is considered the most important promoter of Route 66 because he lobbied Congress in 1926 to make it a national highway stretching from Chicago to Los Angeles.

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