Afton Station Packard Museum, Afton

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Afton Station Packard Museum, a privately owned automotive museum on U.S. Route 66 in Afton, Oklahoma, is situated in a restored 1930s Eagle D-X filling station. It houses a showroom, 18 Packards & other vintage automobiles plus a collection of Route 66 memorabilia, including items from the now-demolished Buffalo Ranch Trading Post.
A restored set of historic D-X fuel pumps stands in the old station's forecourt and the red and white on blue "Approved Packard Service" dealership logo is proudly displayed atop a signpost.
As a Route 66 information stop for travelers, who come from as far afield as Europe, Australia, and Asia, the station/welcome center distributes maps, guidebooks and memorabilia as well as word-of-mouth information about The Mother Road.
Afton, established 1886 and named for River Afton in Scotland by a railroad surveyor, was once home to a railroad repair facility, turntable and roundhouse. The locomotive repair facility closed in the 1930s, soon after the 1926 designation of U.S. Route 66 in the area. The Eagle D-X station opened in 1933 and has sold various brands of fuel under different owners over the years. In its 1940s heyday, it was one of three stations in a four-block section of US 66. A 1981 photo shows the station as a tin-roof structure with three modern D-X fuel pumps in the forecourt. It was the first 24-hour filling station on Route 66.
The town depended on Route 66 as its economic lifeblood until the construction of Interstate 44 in Oklahoma in 1957 sent the community into decline. Various motels and cafés closed their doors forever; the Buffalo Ranch Trading Post closed upon its owner Aleene Albro's demise in 1997 and was demolished in 2002.
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  • The Packard Museum is permanently closed. And new owners are not open to public. Was once a car place but no more. And new owners would appreciate people stop walking in. There are signs that say no.....  more »
  • I love studying cars that were a beginning of the early years of developing autos. Holy mackerel there thing in this place that blow your mind.  more »
  • We were interested in seeing this landmark in Afton OK. Unfortunately, it was closed. It looked like it had been closed for a while. In talking with some of the locals, they said the owner had...  more »
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  • Great old architecture from Amerca's past. A better time.
  • Neat little town. Great dispensary right behind the museum!
  • Closed when we were there, which was a shame, but still interesting to stop and look in the windows. Town was interesting as well!
  • This was a wonderful Route 66 stop. We stopped both coming in and leaving Oklahoma. Picture opportunities, keepsakes, cold drinks, restrooms and a Packard museum. We were saddened to learn the owner had recently passed and the future of the station was unknown. It would be a shame to lose yet another Route 66 treasure.
  • Amazing Packard Museum in Afton Oklahoma.

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