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The Old 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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  • As a ROUTE 66 fan this is an obligatory stop on the "Mother Road". It has an astounding history and a is a testament to the fortitude and intentions of the local historians and preservationists. The.....  more »
  • We enjoyed visiting the Round Barn. It has a nice museum and gift shop on the ground floor and an event area in the loft area that in accessible by an outside stairway. Admission is free and...  more »
  • When in america you see lots of barns all the traditional shape and design, but this one in Arcadia which we past is round, worth a visit.  more »
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  • Another Route 66 must see. The restored round barn has an amazing story, told well with photos along one side inside. The loft is worth it if you like wood construction or really art. It's really interesting as well as beautiful. The artifacts on display are great and labeled well so you don't have to guess at what they were for. It's a great stop for some Oklahoma, as well as Route 66 history.
  • America is loaded with tourist attractions, some of which stand out in your memory due to their immense size, natural beauty, etc. Others grab your attention because they offer something you don’t normally see and the Round Barn is one of them. Situated on historic Route 66 in Arcadia, Oklahoma, the Round Barn is an unusual piece of architecture. It is one of the few barns anywhere that is round in shape rather than square, rectangular, hexagonal, or some other polygon shape. I had never seen a barn that was round and its uniqueness was reason enough to stop and take a look. Walking inside of the Round Barn guests will find a museum of sorts and a gift shop. I recommend learning more about the inspiration behind the construction of this barn, and you can do this right here on the main level. A souvenir gift is a good way to conclude your visit. The Round Barn does have an upper level, but I walked up here and discovered that it is empty. I inquired and learned that it is rented out to people/groups for private parties and events. Some people walk up to this level so they can take pictures from the windows, but other than that, there is really nothing up here to speak of. Going to the outside of the Round Barn, you will find a restroom, some antique farm equipment, and a parking lot in the back. Admission to this attraction is free and it takes an hour or less to visit. It’s not anything super- amazing, no. But the Round Barn is an attraction like few others and this is reason enough to add this to your vacation itinerary the next time you’re road tripping through Oklahoma.
  • We got there too late to go inside, much to our disappointment, but it was still very cool to see. It is bright red and beautifully maintained. There are old implements seemingly randomly placed around the circumference of the barn and much to my surprise, I found them quite interesting. It is located right on Route 66 (not far from POP) and we parked in a small area in front of the barn right there on Route 66. Once we walked up to the barn, we could see there was a proper parking area there (a lot safer than dashing across the road).Go on time and enjoy this. From what I have read, the second floor of the barn is an architectural masterpiece.
  • Another great stop on Route 66 lots of History here. if you're lucky Mr. Sam may be there and is a local from the Valley since the early 1900s you'll get to hear the history straight from him of the Round Barn and his secret to long life.
  • It has many interesting items to see, read about, and for sale. No a/c was the only draw back.
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