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Owl Court is not what it seems

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What's left of Route 66 treasure "Owl Court."
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OKLAHOMA CITY – At the time the Owl Courts were built, in 1940, they were located on the Route 66 By-Pass in Britton, Oklahoma, which is now part of Oklahoma City.

Also called “Owl Court,” the owl-themed structures started out over 70 years ago as a gas station, café and motel right by a portion of the old “Mother Road.”

A faded Coca-Cola sign advertises Owl Courts. Note the owl peering through the tree. (Andrew W. Griffin / Red Dirt Report)

Recently, Red Dirt Report stumbled upon Owl Court while traveling west on Britton Road. Right at the corner of Britton and Classen Blvd. The old gas pump out front caught our eye, along with the distinctive A-frame roof.

Oh, and let it be known that around here, we love owls!

Research led me to a story in The Oklahoman from 2006. A the time, “local character” John Dunning had plans for Owl Court, who had planned to put the property “back the way it once was.” This includes improving the existing A-frame roof and corner wings. Dunning said he outbid another person who had wanted to demo the site for a car lot. He outbid them and had kitschy, Route 66-themed plans for the property. It's not clear how much was accomplished and if there are any more plans for Owl Court.

Compared to photos on this website, Owl Court is now overgrown and apparently abandoned. But there is still life in that wood, glass and stone. You can see it, just as the decorative owl stares right back at you.

However, with the right amount of money and promotion, Owl Court(s) could once again attract interested visitors fascinated with Route 66 history. 

Red Dirt Report will look further into the Owl Court(s) story and grace the site with a follow-up.

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