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Oklahoma, with the longest stretch of the historic Route 66 in the United States, is the quintessential destination for the ultimate Route 66 experience. The Oklahoma Route 66 Centennial logo, designed by Lauren Cooper, captures the essence of this unique adventure, inviting the world to explore Oklahoma to experience America’s most iconic highway.In a landmark event held on June 13 at the Oklahoma State Capitol, the Oklahoma Route 66 Centennial Commission proudly unveiled the official logo for the centennial celebrations of the historic Route 66. This event signals the beginning of a series of festivities leading up to the 100th anniversary of the iconic highway in 2026.

Oklahoma’s Leadership Role

Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell, chair of the Commission, highlighted Oklahoma’s central role in these nationwide celebrations. “Oklahoma is proudly leading the way for Route 66 Centennial celebrations across the nation,” Pinnell confidently stated. “We are setting the stage for an unforgettable series of events along the Mother Road that will showcase its unique heritage and history. With more than 400 drivable miles of Route 66—the longest stretch of highway of any state—Oklahoma is the world’s destination for the ultimate Route 66 experience.”

The event also honoured the five living former Oklahoma Governors—George Nigh, David Walters, Frank Keating, Brad Henry, and Mary Fallin—by naming them Honorary Chairs. Their collective support underscores Route 66’s significance as a historic landmark and a symbol of American spirit and innovation.

A Vibrant Logo Unveiled

The ceremony’s highlight was the unveiling of the Oklahoma Route 66 Centennial logo, created by Lauren Cooper, a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma. Cooper’s design, developed in collaboration with the OU Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, seamlessly blends classic Route 66 sign elements with modern contrasts and typography, embodying the roadway’s dynamic and enduring spirit.

Statewide Celebrations to Boost Tourism

This inaugural event kicks off a series of statewide celebrations designed to draw tourists and revitalize local economies. Planned activities include car rallies, music festivals, and guided tours, each aimed at showcasing the rich cultural tapestry of the communities along Route 66.

“Oklahoma is not just celebrating a road; we are celebrating a legacy and driving towards a vibrant future,” Pinnell encouraged. “Join us in this journey that starts right here in Oklahoma and extends to the world.”

The Commission anticipates that these events will draw international attention, and it invites everyone to participate in the centennial celebrations and explore Route 66’s unique charm.

For More Information

For details on upcoming Oklahoma Route 66 Centennial celebrations, please visit www.route66-centennial.com.




Written by: Jason Smith