Neon Tulsa. I saw examples nearly everywhere, but no better place to head than to historic Route 66. I spent quite a bit of time enjoying bits of Tulsa’s past. Whether interesting storefronts, “muffler men” or actual neon signs. They even have a small park dedicated to replicas of 3 iconic pieces, each once an actual business. Muffler men were tall fiberglass advertising sculptures, some as tall as 25 ft. You can’t miss seeing the one in front of Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios. Buck is a newer version that was modeled from bits and pieces of an old muffler man, then brought to life as a newly created space cowboy version.
This is an adventure that can be accessible to anyone with any wheelchair or mobility issue, because it is best done by driving. We call it doing a tour “three girls and a minivan” style. You will want to see some of it in daylight, because not all lights are operational at this time. Others really shine when lit in the early evening. The Neon Sign Park doesn’t have any nearby parking to use. It’s just to enjoy while in motion. Load up the car with some cool drinks and set out exploring.
More shots from Route 66 to share with you…here’s a closer look at Buck Atom Space Cowboy!