Route 66’s Famous Round Barn

Photos by David D. Taylor

Photos by David D. Taylor

One of Route 66’s most visible and popular attractions is located in Arcadia, Oklahoma. Simply known as the round barn or more technically referred to as The Arcadia Round Barn it was constructed in 1898 by William Odor. It has served the community ever since though not without some bumps along the way.

According to promotional materials, with the reduction of traffic along Route 66 following the arrival of the interstate, Arcadia and the barn likewise declined. In 1988 the 60 foot diameter roof collapsed. A team of volunteers led by Luther Robison worked to rebuild the structure, and restoration work was completed in 1992. Today the old barn is a tourist attraction and visitors admire the architectural and engineering details of America’s only truly round (as opposed to hexagonal or octagonal) barn.

Robison and others in the community were honored in 1992 with a National Preservation Honor Award.  The barn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Over time, the barn became the most photographed landmark on Route 66 and continues to be a tourist favorite along the iconic highway immortalized in movie, literature and song.

As you can see the barn continues to flourish into the 21st century as an architectural wonder and tourist destination.

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