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  1. #1

    Default Springfield, IL to Houston/San Antonio

    Hi all.

    I'm diving into our plans for our October road trip.

    Leave Springfield, IL on I55, then Rte 61 to Memphis for a night. Head west on I40 to Little Rock, and I30 to Texarkana. South on Rte 59 to Houston for two nights.

    We'll head west to San Antonio for two nights (we have friends there).

    Heading home, we'll take Rte 281 & I35 north to Dallas, Rte 69 north to Joplin, MO, get on I44 to Springfield, MO for an overnight, and then I44 & I55 home.

    I'm researching the trip leg by leg, and I've found some great between stops ideas on the forums--thanks!!!! Where I'm running into some blank area is Oklahoma. I'm not hitting Oklahoma City or Tulsa. What is along Rte 69 that's worth stopping for?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default Southeast Oklahoma

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    First - congratulations on choosing US-69 over I-35/I-44. I think you'll have a much more interesting and relaxing drive going that way. Two places that I'd stop at on that stretch would include the Five Civilized Tribes Museum in Muskogee. Until early in the 20th century, Oklahoma was known as the Indian Territory and still celebrates its native American heritage. The other is one of Oklahoma's resort state parks, Arrowhead, for a chance to just take a break in a great natural setting.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    The Great Midwest, Illinois to be precise

    Default Route 66

    You might want to consider doing stretches of your trip along Route 66, especially in Oklahoma. The Blue Whale in Catoosa is a major stop for 66ers. Plus, there are many other things to see in Oklahoma.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


    Ok - I'm giving you some ideas starting in Durant (coming right out of the Texas line), going through the beautiful Lake Eufaula (U-Fall-Uh) area and going all the way through Miami ( on I-44 when you leave this great state. =) If you like Indians, Cowboys, Confederates, Trains and pickled vegetables inside your bloody mary mixes then this is the route for you! Oh and we can't forget the Route 66 Vintage Iron Motocycle Museum!! Right there in Miami! =) Have fun driving through my state. There's more here than meets the eye.

    Fort Washita Historic Site & Museum
    3348 State Rd 199
    Durant, OK 74701
    Free / Gift Shop

    Established in 1841, the fort's purpose was to protect the Chickasaw and Choctaw Tribes from marauding plains tribes. Log structures were built at first (an officer's quarters is open for viewing today), then permanent native sandstone and refined wooden structures were built. Federal forces abandoned the fort at the beginning of the Civil War in 1861. Confederate forces then occupied it and it became a major supply depot for Confederate troops in Indian Territory. In 1962, the fort was acquired by the Oklahoma Historical Society, who restored some of the fort's original structures, including a barracks building.

    World’s Largest Peanut in Durant – 580-924-7222

    Indian Territory Museum & Library
    110 Buffalo (Hwy 22)
    Caddo, OK 74729

    Tuesday thru Saturday 9-12 & 1-4 & by appointment

    The idea of a museum was born when the townspeople prepared to celebrate their Centennial in 1972. They gathered their artifacts and display items for public viewing during the celebration. The response was so great, the Centennial organizers began work on developing the museum. Features include a horse-drawn fire cart, blacksmith shop, arrowhead collection, and other area artifacts.


    Confederate Memorial Museum and Cemetery
    258 N Hwy 69
    Atoka, OK 74525


    Choctaw Casino
    895 N US Hwy 69
    Stringtown, OK 74569


    Krebs Heritage Museum
    85 S Main St
    Krebs, OK 74554

    7 miles W of Eufaula on Hwy 9, then 4 miles S on county rd.

    Tue-Fri 1-4pm, Sat 10am-noon and 1-3pm, or by appointment

    1 mile E of Hwy 69 and 1 block S of Hwy 31 in downtown Krebs, across from post office.


    Hoepfner's Kiwi Farm
    SW of town
    Eufaula, OK 74432

    Six acres of 'Beautiful' hardy kiwis are grown in the vineyard, up the carport, on the sides of buildings and arbors, in big pots, and in hanging baskets--all of which have never been sprayed for insects or disease. A gift area is on site with potted kiwi plants and kiwi glycerin soaps, available in seven different scents and including Vitamin E, almond oil and JoJoba oil. Other products include orange blossom, jasmine and rose soaps, and kiwi mist perfume. Bath products can be shipped. Free tours available year round. The hardy kiwi plant produces a smaller smooth-skinned fruit, similar to a grape, that is eaten whole and has a sweeter flavor than the fuzzy-skinned kiwis found in most grocery stores. The plants can be planted year round and produce fruit Aug through October.


    Rockin L-H Asparagus Farm
    21 Asparagus Ln
    Eufaula, OK 74432

    Pickled Asparagus, Pickled Garlic, the world's only Bloody Mary Drink Mix with a pickled asparagus spear inside


    Honey Springs Battlefield
    1863 Honey Springs Battlefield Rd
    Checotah, OK 74426


    Site of the largest Civil War battle in Oklahoma, fought by black, Indian and white troops on both sides. The battle's heroes were men of the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteers--the first black regiment to be organized for the Union. Features graveled walking trails with wayside interpretive exhibits. Primitive hiking trails and camp sites are currently under development. The visitors' center interpretive exhibits feature arms and equipment, and biographical histories of participants. A book store features Civil War related books, postcards, t-shirts and souvenirs. Reenactments of the July 17, 1863 battle are held every 3 years by the Oklahoma Historical Society.

    Battlefield Trails: Tue-Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 1-5pm. Interpretive Center: Tue-Sat 9am-4:30pm, Sun 1-4:30pm. Closed Mondays and state holidays.

    From I-40, take Hwy 69 N 2.5 miles to the Checotah/Rentiesville exit, turn left onto old 69 and drive N 1.75 miles to the Rentiesville/Honey Springs Rd, then turn right and drive E 2 miles to DC Minner St and turn left. Drive N 1 mile where the road turns E, drive E 1/4 mile then turn back N.


    Katy Depot
    Paul Carr Dr
    Checotah, OK 74426
    Phone: 918-473-6377
    Thu-Sat 11am-4pm, Sun 2-4pm.

    From I-40 Exit 264B, go N on Hwy 69 1/2 mile


    Restored 1890 wooden MKT depot houses local artifacts, railroad memorabilia, Honey Springs battle exhibits and steer wrestling exhibits. Nice, clean restrooms available. Entertainment or refreshments can be accommodated for tour groups with advance notice. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Additional contact number is 918-473-2070.





    Dry Gulch includes a replica of an Old West town complete with 1880s historical buildings, steam engine trains, wagon rides and more than 100 horses to accommodate horseback rides through beautiful wooded trails.


    Vineyard and winery with tasting and sales room located on a 160-acre Indian allotment owned by one family since before statehood.




    Miami (Pronounced My-am-UH) lol

    Route 66 Vintage Iron is a large motorcycle museum featuring more than 25 vintage motorcycles, including a 1919 Australian GCS motorcycle. This is the only one left in existence! We are home to one of the largest Steve McQueen collections in the country.


  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Default Rose Rocks

    And please try to find a Rose Rock while you're here! They are unique to our state...I can find them in my driveway after it rains...under the red mud.... If you see any Indian Trading Posts they are usually there...or at a truck stop possibly. Your best bet in finding one would probably be Muskogee. They are rocks that naturally form in the shape of a rose that has bloomed. =D Neat-0. lol

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Keithville, LA

    Default Wow Pypher!

    Great post with lots of information! Welcome to RTA. I can tell you'll be a great resource in the future.


  7. #7

    Default Thanks So Much!!!

    This has been a wealth of information, and I've printed it all. Thanks again!

  8. #8

    Default Change in plans--possibly...

    Now my daughter wants to get to Oklahoma City to see the Bombing Memorial. Of course, this takes us off Route 69.

    So, with the goal of staying OFF the Interstate...

    What route should I take to OK City, and then on to Texas?
    How much time should it take for each leg?
    Any interesting stops along the way?

    You are all such a good source of information. I look forward to your suggestions.


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