Afton Station, Route 66 PackardsRamblings of a Route 66 Business Owner
Daily observations from me about what it's like to be an owner of Afton Station
(Afton, Oklahoma), a small private visitors' center, vintage car museum, and Route 66
memorabilia collection in an old gas station on the Route. --Laurel Kane
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2014 SUMMER HOURS
Open daily except Tuesday
(Tuesdays by chance or appointment)
9:30AM - 3:00PM
Contact:
Laurel: 918.382.9465 or 918.284.3829
(laurelRK66@aol.com)
David: 918.791.5055
 
AFTON STATION was awarded "2009 Route 66 Business of the Year"
at the national Route 66 Festival in Flagstaff, AZ in November, 2009.
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Afton Station Project
 
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Afton Station before restoration
Afton Station before restoration
Afton Station 1949
Afton Station, 1940

It has been a busy time for us since purchasing a vintage 1930's D-X gas station on Route 66 in Afton, Oklahoma thirteen years ago. A complete restoration was necessary in order to house a collection of vintage automobiles (mostly Packards, but a few others as well), a collection of Route 66 memorabilia, and a nice accumulation of souvenirs, maps, guide books and other memorabilia for sale. Our two showrooms are now able to display about 17 vintage autos, and includes an incredible 1917 Packard Motor Coacha true "must see".

We are an unofficial "rest stop" for weary travelers, and we are always ready to visit with folks from all over the world. During the tourist season of 2013, we had approximately 7,000 visitors from every state and 18 countries who enjoyed our displays and appreciated the diversity of our merchandise for sale.

Afton Station with attached garage which will be vintage auto showroom
Afton Station with attached garage which has become a vintage auto showroom
Exterior
Exterior during painting
The building itself is worth seeing. Restoration of the Station entailed new tin ceiling panels to replace a good number of those that had rusted out, new lighting, wainscoting, new floor, complete repainting inside, stucco repair and painting of the exterior, extensive roof repairs, installation of a security system and replacement of the vintage gas pumps - and that's just the tip of the iceberg! We have attempted to retain as much of the flavor of the old station in it's heyday (when it sold Sunray D-X products in a booming town that was home to at least six service stations and as many motels) as possible.

At Afton Station, my wonderful staff of volunteers and I have a great time meeting travelers and helping them enjoy what many of them call their "trip of a lifetime".

The town of Afton, Oklahoma has seen better days, economically. As with so many Route 66 towns, the decommissioning of Route 66 and the bypassing by the Interstate didn't do its commercial life any favors. Although there are plenty of photogenic remnants of old buildings from Afton's heyday, other than the farm co-op, a convenience store, and a new barbecue restaurant, there's not much left of the town. Yet the town survives, about 800 people still live there, and all of those we've met are friendly and supportive of our project.

Interior
Afton Station's interior
after restoration

I moved to Oklahoma permanently in May of 2002, and am extremely happy with my life on Route 66. With the help of many dear friends from the area, as well as my supportive fellow Route 66 "roadies" from all over the country, I'm finding myself totally immersed in life on the Mother Road. My biggest dilemma is deciding whether it's more fun to travel constantly up and down Route 66, meeting new people and discovering new wonders, or staying at Afton Station and playing host to the friendly folks who drop in to chat. Tough choice, since both are equally appealing!!

My regular business hours during “tourist season” (approximately March through November) are 7 days a week, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. It wouldn’t hurt for you to call in advance just to make sure we are there, since you never know what could cause an unplanned closing. The phone numbers are (Laurel) 918-382-9465 or 918-284-3829 and (Afton Station) 918-257-4044. We are also able to open extended hours if arrangements are made in advance. We have plenty of parking for larger groups. We have a suggested donation of $2 per person, children free. Please come see us!

---Laurel Richards Kane

Ramblings from a Route 66 Business Owner -- Daily observations from me about what it's like to be the owner of Afton Station (Afton, OK), a small private visitors' center, vintage car museum, and Route 66 memorabilia collection in an old gas station on the Route.

 
Packards
 
Packard dealership sign
Afton Station Interior

Interior of Office
Marker

Jim Conkle of Hampton Inns
Save-A-Landmark program presents
Laurel and David Kane with one
of their site markers for Afton Station.
June 5, 2003.


 
9-foot wide alignment of old Route 66 outside of Afton
 
9-foot wide alignment of
old Route 66 outside of Afton
Buffalo Ranch in the 1950s

Buffalo Ranch in the 1950s
 
 

The famous 9-foot alignment of Route 66 remains in good shape just a mile from downtown Afton. The renowned Buffalo Ranch recently succumbed to the wrecking ball, making way for a new convenience plaza. Relics (such as signs, trinkets, etc.) have been given to Afton Station and are on display there now.

First St. and Main, Afton in the 50s
First St. and Main,
Afton in the 50s
Afton as a thriving city in 1916
Afton as a thriving city
in 1916


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Afton Station from OklaTravelNet!

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