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The Old Round Barn, Arcadia

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#2 of 41 in Historic Sites in Oklahoma
Must see · Historic Site · Tourist Spot
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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  • Maybe you're like me and drove by this attraction many times, dismissing it as overblown tourist hype. I'm so glad I decided to give it a chance. The barn loft is stunning architecture. The first...  more »
  • Cute, nice history. A lot of work went into restoring it was not wasted. Nice Route 66 stop, and the volunteer working there was very friendly  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.
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