East Meets West: Symbolic Route 66 Midpoint
760 W 13th St
While these interesting and beautiful sculptures do not represent the literal halfway mark along the Mother Road, the East Meets West: Symbolic Route 66 Midpoint in Tulsa is an artistic representation of the use of automobiles and highways spreading across the country in the late 1920s and 30s.
The scene consists of two statues, one of a horse-drawn carriage and one of a family in a car. Located at the Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza, they were unveiled in 2012 and honor Cyrus Avery, one of the creators of the national highway system.
The family depicted in the car is none other than Avery's family. He, his wife, his daughter and their pet cat are all in the Model T traveling down Route 66. They suddenly come across an oil field waggoneer whose team of horses are scared by the new sounds of a combustion engine.
The statues span 40 feet and weigh 10 tons. Almost 1,000 pieces of bronze were put together to create the scene. In the end, this plaza cost $1.2 million and took six years to complete. The statues are also right by a large bridge spanning over the highway that proclaims it as Route 66.