It took a bit of work to find this location and then get here. It is a fictitious sculpture of a horse and wagon meeting up with a new motor car. This also signifies the change in scenery when the green pastures of the East gives way to the more brownish scenery of the West.

 

East Meets West - View of 11th St Bridge

East Meets West – View of 11th St Bridge

It is located along Route 66 at the northeast end of the old 11th street bridge which crosses the Arkansas River. This location is know as Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza named for “The Father of Route 66”. He was instrumental in getting the highway located through Tulsa and subsequently named a national highway.

Note that there are now 4 bridges where there once stood one back in 1915 when the original bridge was opened. It is blocked off to even foot traffic due to poor condition.

 

East Meets West - Flags of 8 States Where Route 66 Runs Through

East Meets West – Flags of 8 States Where Route 66 Runs Through

The flags flying behind it represent the 8 states that Route 66 run through – From right to left – Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.

The car apparently is supposed to depict Cyrus Avery and his family.

 

East Meets West - Pedestrian Overpass Crossing Route 66

East Meets West – Pedestrian Overpass Crossing Route 66

To get to this site you park on the opposite side of the road in a non-descript parking lot and walk across a beautiful pedestrian bridge. Note that there are only stairs available from here. My wife doesn’t do stairs well so she stayed up on the bridge.

 

East Meets West - Route 66 Alongside

East Meets West – Route 66 Alongside

Route 66 runs right along side of the statue.

 

East Meets West - Some of the Many Locks on the Pedestrian Overpass

East Meets West – Some of the Many Locks on the Pedestrian Overpass

An interesting tidbit in crossing the pedestrian bridge are the many locks that couples have left with various inscriptions on them. My wife even found one with our initials on it.

 

 

While this is a bit hard to find and get to, it is a very detailed sculpture with a bit of whimsy thrown in. Worth a close-up view if you have time.

I could not find and specific website devoted to this sculpture. I would recommend searching for Cyrus Avery and Route 66 to find out more information.

East Meets West, Tulsa, Oklahoma

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