On behalf of the city of Clinton, Oklahoma, please accept this application request for a cost-share grant made available by the National Parks Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program. Understanding the cost share requirements of a 1:1 cost share match, the city of Clinton, Oklahoma, requests, from the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, the amount of thirty thousand dollars ($30,000.00).
The city of Clinton, Oklahoma, commits to match this $30,000.00 grant opportunity with effort to establish a $60,000.00 joint venture project to resurface five blocks of an original 10th Street segment of the historic Route 66 Highway. This to include visual identification markers recognizing the historical Route 66 Highway providing new and improved promotion and direction for Route 66 enthusiasts, tourists and visitors traveling to and through our city.
This particular joint-venture opportunity would allow the city of Clinton to resurface an original section (10th Street Segment) of Route 66 while including its historical identity and improving its usefulness. The resurfacing and identity improvements will be implemented with a goal of support towards preservation and promotion of this historic highway. As well, the project would support and enhance Clinton's annual Route 66 events and also help magnify the long term existence of Clinton's famous Route 66 Museum and Annual Route 66 Festival.
Referencing Clinton's world renowned preservation of Route 66 history, the Oklahoma Historical Society shares: "For the ultimate Route 66 experience, visit the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton, OK. The museum's galleries have recently been redesigned to offer visitors a personal journey through the history of the nation's most revered highway. Encounter the iconic ideas, images, and myths of the Mother Road. Learn about the dreams and the labor needed to make the road a reality. Experience the dust bowl as thousands streamed along the road, away from drought and despair and towards the 'land of promise.' Listen to the sounds of the Big Band Era, when the roar of the big trucks and the welcome home cries to returning soldiers dominated the road. Sit at the counter or a booth in the 1950s diner and feel the open road as America's families vacationed along the length of Route 66. You just might overhear the family's chatter as they eat their lunch. The museum also offers changing special exhibits, focusing on the Route 66 experience."
The Road Wanderer travel blog references Clinton's Route 66 Museum as "another must stop place for the avid Mother Road fan. The community here has a great respect for its Mother Road. The Route 66 Museum is the first state sponsored Route 66 Museum in the nation. It is one fantastic place to absorb the history of this celebrated highway."
As a trend setter, Clinton was a first to recognize the great value, both economic and civic, that materializes with historic preservation. Within the past few decades, other Mother Road communities have also come to recognize such great value and and such great benefits that come with preserving and rehabilitating our historic Route 66. Clinton desires, with grant assistance available from the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, to continue this trend.
As well as the all important historic preservation, the city of Clinton, Oklahoma, has been most progressive in promoting the Mother Road through the Annual Route 66 Festival hosted free each year for the enjoyment of thousands of enthusiastic citizens and visitors. Developed out of consideration for social responsibility, this free public event evolves around Route 66's historical heritage and stimulates local economic development as well as citizen and visitor morale.
Highlighting each annual Route 66 Festival is an evening concert hosted free at Clinton's historic McClain Rogers Park. This concert attracts very large crowds and creates an enjoyable evening of music within a fun family event atmosphere. A climactic ending to a massive and thrilling annual Route 66 event hosted each year by the city of Clinton.
According to National Park Service (NPS) historical records, McClain Rogers Park was completed between 1934 and 1937 as it originally "welcomed visitors, who could enter directly off Route 66 (aka 10th Street Segment), through an impressive Art Deco style gate with brick piers on either side of Bess Rogers Drive. McLain Rogers Park is important to the recreational and economic development of Clinton. This design is still evident today."
As well, entry to McClain Rogers Park remains in tact and directly off Route 66 as it did when the park was opened for public service back in 1937. The NPS indicates that "traffic on Route 66 increased the work of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and the last Depression era building constructed in the park is the 1941 Highway Patrol Building near the main entrance gate."
The National Park Service also states "the 12-acre park has changed very little over the years, still featuring the kinds of recreational attractions that appealed to local residents and cross-country travelers during the 1930s and 40s. Devotees of the Mother Road go to Clinton to use the park but also to see this Works Progress Administration (WPA) masterpiece, the Art Deco east gate of the park, situated directly on old Route 66 and still shining with it's original neon at night."
Matching the requested $30,000.00 grant from the ROUTE 66 CORRIDOR PRESERVATION PROGRAM, the CITY OF CLINTON, OKLAHOMA, desires to invest the required and additional $30,000.00 with joint effort to improve, preserve and promote a vital part of Mother Road history. A history that has been cherished and represented in a most proper way by the city of Clinton for many years. A same history that will be cherished and represented in a most proper way for many years to come.
On behalf of the city of Clinton, Oklahoma, respectful request of consideration is presented for available matching grant funds from the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program.