The Historic Red Barn of Arcadia, OK on Route 66

Tulsa trip 026After going to the quilt store in Gutherie, OK we went by Arcadia’s red barn. Susie got out and took pictures for me. I was in the third row and couldn’t get out gracefully. LOL!

Wikipedia: The Arcadia Round Barn is a landmark and tourist attraction on historic U.S. Route 66 in Arcadia, Oklahoma, United States. It was built by local farmer William Harrison Odor in 1898 using native bur oak boards soaked while green and forced into the curves needed for the walls and roof rafters. A second level was incorporated for use as aTulsa trip 025 community gathering place. The town of Arcadia developed and prospered with the arrival of the railroad and in the 1920s the newly commissioned Route 66 was aligned through the town, passing next to the Round Barn. Over time, the barn became the most photographed landmark on Route 66. 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.

Another search:In the spring of 1898 William Harrison Odor, members of his family and his neighbors starting building a unique structure in the green countryside of Oklahoma. Little did they know at the time that the barn they were building would become a landmark on one of the most celebrated highways in America. This was the beginning of what would become know as Arcadia’s Round Barn. The circular form of the barn presented special problems, Odor figured that each rafter would have to be green lumber and soaked in water. The rafter was then shaped in a special jig to form the exact curve of the roof. Odor’s critics said the barn couldn’t be built, but he persevered to create the architectural wonder seen today. When the barn was new the lower level was used to shelter cattle, mules and hay. The upper level or loft was used for barn dances and other social gatherings. After years of hard use and then neglect the barn was in bad shape by the 1980s. In 1988 the barn was donated to the Arcadia Historical and Preservation Society in an effort to save it. The Society believed it was an important part of Oklahoma history and every means should be made to save it. Luther Robinson, a retired building contractor from Oklahoma City, was up to the task of restoration and he saved the Round Barn with the help of the volunteer group known as the over-the-hill-gang (most were over 65 years of age). Due to the efforts of Luther and his volunteers the Old Round Barn still stands as a roadside attraction along old Route 66.Tulsa trip 024

About Jim Gatling

Artist: primitive watercolors, colored pencil. Quilter: Original designs, Scrap quilts. Craftsman: Woodburning, Recycling Teacher: Retired MHS, SHCS K-12 Part Time. Collector: Antiques, Quilts, Glass, Buttons, Petit Point, Needlepoint, Hankies, Figural Perfume Bottles. Son, Father, Grandfather, Neighbor, Friend.
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