Friday, May 24, 2013

First Stop: the Ozark Trail

Back to Where it All Began.

Brad and I made our television debut on a travel show called Two Wheel Oklahoma. The first episode that ever aired was about a stretch of Old Route 66 in Northeastern Oklahoma. We began that show on a crusty iron bridge over Rock Creek near Sapulpa, OK. That bridge, and the bumpy concrete leading west, is part of a very old roadway. A predecessor of Route 66 known as the Ozark Trail.

So it seems only fitting then our first stop on the Forgotten Highways series be this little known network of trails and backroads known as the Ozark Trail.

Before Route 66 became America's Main Street there were several private efforts to cobble together cross-country highways. One of these was the Ozark Trail, a route stretching from St Louis, Missouri to Las Vegas, New Mexico. Much of this road would later become Route 66, which has prompted some to call the Ozark Trail the "Mother of the Mother Road."

Langston ObeliskThe Trail was marked by unusual stone pyramids. Only seven of these obelisks remain. The story of this road is a uniquely American tale of ingenuity, showmanship and greed that, at times, verges on bizarre. It's a story not many know about, and one that's well worth telling!

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Forgotten Highways - The Ozark Trail