Dawn is about to break on a Sunday morning in June. Automatic sprinklers have just turned off after misting the lawn in this lovely neighborhood in Catoosa OK (northeast of Tulsa), and overspraying slightly onto the road.
But this is not just any road...and not just any pavement. This is an original concrete section of Rt 66, one of the surprising dead-ends created by countless changes over the years. There are many, many other bypassed sections in Oklahoma, but this is by far the prettiest I've seen.
The water brings out pinkness in the concrete, from reddish crushed-stone used in its construction in the late 1920s. The mailbox structure, put up decades later from the same native stone, shows the same colors.
This section of Rt 66 was bypassed early, around 1936, after just a decade of service. That helps explain why the pavement is in such fine shape.
Many Rt 66 travelers stop and photograph the Blue Whale of Catoosa, not realizing this delightful section of original road exists only a mile to the Northeast.
(This image is on display at the Route 66 Interpretive Center, Chandler OK.)