Route 66 Forum  

The place to discuss anything Route 66 related. Ask questions, make recommendations or simply chew the fat! New members might like to introduce themselves in the pinned thread. By registering for the forum you are also able to comment on or review any of the listings in the Trip Planner.
- - -
Please consider registering
Advanced Search
Forum Scope


Forum Options

Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters
sp_Feed sp_TopicIcon
Found: The Original "Radiator Springs"
January 26, 2013
9:42 pm
Forum Posts: 417
Member Since:
November 30, 2011
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

The first town to suffer the fate of bypassed "Radiator Springs" along Route 66 has finally been identified.  And it only took 85 years.

The fictional "Radiator Springs" from the "Cars" movies fell victim to an Interstate Highway.  But the very real town of Depew Oklahoma was cut off the road in 1928 as the Model T era was ending.  

Departments of Transportation and historical maps from all eight Route 66 states now confirm Depew was the first incorporated town or city on the Mother Road to be entirely bypassed.

The town, about halfway between Tulsa and Oklahoma City, has a Main Street that resembles "Radiator Springs"–without the neon.  There's a well-restored mid-1920s gas station, the lone road-related structure.  

More information is available through the Yahoo Route 66 e-group, and at  A gallery of Depew images is at 

Depew is about halfway between the Blue Whale of Catoosa and Pops in Arcadia OK.  This is the Route 66 "Cars Corridor," beginning with Tow Tater in Galena KS, and extending through OK and into TX.  Beside the stops above, there are three well-regarded Oklahoma museums, plus the U-Drop Inn in Shamrock TX and Cadillac Ranch outside Amarillo TX. 

Forum Timezone: Europe/London
Most Users Ever Online: 111
Currently Online:
Guest(s) 4
Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)
Top Posters:
frank: 417
Wotacroc: 265
WillC: 244
wanted33: 149
David Asher: 82
DynoDave: 69
jorgear: 60
thepengy: 41
Maureen: 35
SharonT9084: 34
Member Stats:
Guest Posters: 0
Members: 1547
Moderators: 0
Admins: 1
Forum Stats:
Groups: 1
Forums: 1
Topics: 572
Posts: 3449
Newest Members:, kevingreen, ajvplus3,, WilliamBurns, Msmelissa6881, Msmelissa1331, scastronova, HazeAshleigh, AndreyMops
Administrators: Steve Bellamy: 208
crossmenu linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram