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Arcadia Round Barn, Arcadia

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The Arcadia Round Barn is a landmark and tourist attraction on historic U.S. Route 66 in Arcadia, Oklahoma, United States. It was built by local farmer William Harrison Odor in 1898 using native bur oak boards soaked while green and forced into the curves needed for the walls and roof rafters. A second level was incorporated for use as a community gathering place. The town of Arcadia developed and prospered with the arrival of the railroad and in the 1920s the newly commissioned Route 66 was aligned through the town, passing next to the Round Barn. Over time, the barn became the most photographed landmark on Route 66.With the reduction of traffic along Route 66 following the arrival of the Interstate, Arcadia and the barn likewise declined. In 1988 the 60 foot diameter roof collapsed. A team of volunteers led by Luther Robison worked to rebuild the structure, and restoration work was completed in 1992. Today the old barn is a tourist attraction and visitors admire the architectural and engineering details of America's only truly round (as opposed to hexagonal or octagonal) barn.
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  • When driving Route 66 you can't miss the Round Barn. It is free to enter and there are several things to buy in the gift shop. The staff seemed to be a little preoccupied with closing up as it was les...  more »
  • We got here too late to see the inside, but the outside, even though it is over 100 years old, was awesome. It has been restored, but the work is superb. We enjoyed walking around it, seeing the old-t...  more »
  • Worth the stop to stretch your legs. The gentleman working in the barn/gift was really nice. Be sure to go up to the second level, the ceiling is beautiful.  more »
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  • Roadside attraction that was close to another down the street. Worth the stop? If you like barns, sure
  • This is a neat little stop along route 66. About a half mile from the Pops soda shop. The upstairs is a vast hollow dome barn that has amazing acoustics. It's fun to play with sound. The ground level is a nic-nac and museum of sorts. Nice place to get out and stretch your legs for 10-15 minutes before continuing on.
  • Fun 1/5th day stop in OK History! Great old historical true OK spot in the road. You'll miss it unless you slow down around the curve. Neat floor plan w/ an upper room for parties or weddings. OK truly is loaded w/ history.
  • The red round barn is definitely a unique place. They don't take credit cards. They have Route 66 merch. But also, they have some odd items for sale, similar to a garage sale. (Razor scooter, old plastic fans, etc)
  • Pretty cool to see a round barn! It's kinda cool but nothing spectacular unless you happen to like red barns of all shapes and sizes as my wife and I do. So for us, it was worth the stop... Go inside to get souvenirs and to learn about it's history.