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Meadow Gold Sign Resurrected

The Meadow Gold Sign is finally going back up! This has been both a Tulsa and Route 66 icon since the 1930’s and will be here for years to come thanks to the TFA. I am appreciative of their efforts and think this will be a nice addition to the 11th Street area as well.

Meadow Gold Sign Returns To Tulsa’s Route 66
By Rick Wells,

TULSA, OK — There are 24 miles of historic Route 66 running through Tulsa. Along it are bits and pieces of our history. One of those bits and pieces has been restored and is being re-erected along the historic pathway.

It is a new home near 11th and Quaker for the Meadow Gold Milk sign that lit-up the corner of 11th and Lewis along historic Route 66 for decades.

“Everyone who’s been involved in this sign is just happy this day has finally come, when the sign parts and letters are finally going back up,” said Lee Anne Ziegler.

It took a long time, longer than anyone thought it would to get the sign back up.

In the 1930’s, Meadow Gold put it up atop a small building at 11th and Lewis. It was a beacon along Route 66 until sometime in the 1970’s.

“It’s more than just a sign, it lives in people’s hearts and memories it truly is a landmark,” said Lee Anne Ziegler.


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A few years ago the owner of the building on which the sign rested decided to tear the building down.

The Tulsa Foundation for Architecture and others mounted a sign rescue project. They got a grant from the National Parks Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program. They were able to take the sign down and begin restoration. Other grants and donations helped finish the project

“I just wanted it to be like I remember when I was a kid driving down Route 66,” said architect Steve Vogt.

Vogt’s an architect with PSA Dewberry and he designed the brick pavilion the sign will rest on. The land was donated to the city for the project and from the corner at 11th and Quaker there’s a good view of downtown which will make the sign visible from there, too.

The Tulsa Foundation for Architecture is currently completing an inventory of Tulsa’s historic neon signs and hopes to have a directory and self guided tour information published soon.


Tags: Meadow Gold, Route 66
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    National Park Service… not National Parks Service.
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    Here’s new pic for your website
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    Ryan’s link is dead. The photo is here:
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The Lortondale architecture was certainly unique, at least for Tulsa. Slab-on-grade construction with HVAC ductwork in the slab, extremely low pitched or flat roofs, and open floor plans were all new for Tulsa and this part of the US in early 1954. All Lortondale homes featured combo living/dining rooms at the rear of the house with expansive floor to ceiling glass walls looking out onto the back yard. Exposed ceiling beams in living and bedrooms (depending upon roof pitch), mahogany paneled walls, modern kitchens with the new (for 1954) Formica laminate countertops in both kitchens and bathrooms were all the latest in modern design at the time. Every Lortondale home also featured a built-in Hotpoint automatic dishwasher, another luxury usually seen in only high priced homes of the era. (from

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Stephen Edlich
25-Year Lortondale Resident
4962 East 26 Street
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    Rex Ball,FAIA, AICP15. Jan, 2008 at 5:44 am #

    I think that Ed Sharer’s OU Master Thesis is our best resource to date. Soon we should have the submittal to the Dept. of Interior [SHIPO} for National Resigister status.

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    shane hood16. Jan, 2008 at 10:32 am #

    yes Ed’s thesis is incredible, i will get the link to PDF of his thesis and attach above.

    we are shooting to have our registery status by October, just in time for the NTHP Conference.

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    cole20. Sep, 2010 at 5:07 pm #

    Steve – I’ve added your information to this post. Thank you for correcting us and we appreciate the use of your copy.

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    Court Newkirk19. Nov, 2010 at 2:12 pm #

    I’m moving into a house in lortondale this weekend (nov 19, 2010) and I’m looking forward to meeting the neighbors. I used to run the second largest historical district in the United States, so if I can ever be of service to your group let me know.

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    Kathi Hromas05. Dec, 2010 at 12:40 am #

    My daughter and her boyfriend bought a home in Lortondale a year ago.
    They have gone to great lengths to remain respectful of the original intent and their place is beautiful. A friend in Tulsa said she had seen a cocktail table book on Lortondale somewhere. I have not been able to locate it. Do you have any ideas about this book? If it exists I would like to buy it for a gift. Also, where would I access the thesis written by Ed Sharer?

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    hood20. Jan, 2011 at 10:52 am #


    I am unaware of coffee table book on Lortondale. That would be shocking, yet welcome news. The largest concentration of knowledge on the neighborhood currently lives here in the neighborhood and none of us know about it, it might be the Historic Tulsa Homes book series. You should be able google Ed’s name and search for his thesis that way.

    Where does your daughter and her boyfriend live?

    shane hood

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