Guest Columnist Hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans live within a few miles of Route 66, driving on it every day, just like all the other streets and highways in their communities. Part of the fabric of their lives, most people don’t give the highway a second thought. For them, it’s the quickest way to the grocery store, the shopping mall or to pick up their kids. But the fact is, Route 66 is a living time capsule with nearly 100 years of history sealed into every mile. That is why hundreds of thousands of people from across the country and around the world consider the highway a destination point and a passage through the soul of America. So, AAA Oklahoma has joined with stakeholders in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and communities along Oklahoma’s 420-mile stretch of the highway to celebrate its approaching centennial year in 2026. The AAA Route 66 Road Fest is a nine-day event cautiously planned for June 2021, starting at Tulsa’s River Spirit Expo at Expo Square on June 18 and ending at the Bennett Event Center on the OKC Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City, June 26. The event will give visitors a chance to remember where we’ve been and explore what’s coming next. Imagine driving through a forest of derricks comprising the gigantic Oklahoma City Oil Field in 1928, stopping at a classic ’50’s diner, passing a ’60’s era drive-in theater or spending the night at an RV park and rest area with vintage campers all around. […]