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Ribbon Road - The Miami Original Nine-Foot Section of the Route 66 Roadbed

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 Just outside of Miami is the last section of the original nine-foot-wide “Ribbon Road” which is listed as an Oklahoma National Historic Landmark.  Although a part of the Historic Highway, this section predates Route 66, having been built in the early 1920’s.  Legend has it that when the road was built, Oklahoma’s budget was tight, so rather than covering half the mileage, they covered half the width.  This remarkable piece of vintage pavement zigzags for 13 miles between Miami and Afton.  Another small section of the original road also lies farther south in Narcissa. 
 Ribbon Road allows travelers to experience history older than Route 66.  While the 9 ft highway was a part of the original Route 66 that was finished in 1926, this particular road was also part of the original Ozark Trail Highway.  This section of road is an important part of Miami, Ottawa County, Oklahoma and National history.

  • Landmark
  • History
  • Route 66