"Sayre, Oklahoma~Route 66" Sayre by Yaqui

Sayre Travel Guide: 5 reviews and 26 photos

Oklahoma was not yet a state when the City of Sayre was founded in 1901. Robert Heysham Sayre, a wealthy railroad tycoon from Pennsylvania was very generous to the newly-formed town and provided donations to assist in building Sayre’s Presbyterian Church. Old newspaper accounts indicate the first passenger train arrived in Sayre on September 25, 1901. The train carried 300-400 passengers anxious to settle the new territory. The town now has a population of approximately 3500.

Sayre, the county seat of Beckham County, experienced growth as a result of the railroad in the early decades. The prosperity continued via the “Mother Road” – Historic Rt. 66, which runs through the heart of Sayre. Famous for it’s appearance in the movie, “Grapes of Wrath”, the Beckham County courthouse was built as a symmetrical blend of Neo-Classical and Second Renaissance Revival styles. Several buildings on Main Street have been placed on the National Historic Registry.

Sayre is one of those communities that Route 66 passes right thru Main Street USA. When Interstate 40 was built it was by-passed. It almsot lost its identy if it was not for the frisky folks that cherish this town. My Mom grew up practically here. Although, she lived in a farming community of Delhi, it was the big City of Sayre that she had to hitch a ride with a neighboor or the postman so they could stock up with supplies or to just pass the time at the soda fountain.

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  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    How lovely that your mother visited this town and the old Owl Drug Store often :)

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      Mar 20, 2013 at 7:15 PM

      The nice lady made us feel special by letting us see inside the old drug store. Wow, to see it has my Mom had grown up there was awesome. My Mom will be 93 in May, but her memory is failing her. Yet, her health is doing good. So I am glad my sister is in the state finally. Thank you for visiting my Sayre page. A very special page to me.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Nice that you visited this place that your mother often came to when younger!

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Feb 25, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    cute little town to drive thru, but i fear the closed drug store speaks louder than words. that gas station is a classic.


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