An important attraction that runs directly through the heart of Miami is Historic Route 66. With a deep history as America’s most beloved highway, Route 66 has played a large part in the history of Oklahoma and Ottawa County. Often referred to as the “Birthplace of Route 66” Oklahoma was part of the road’s beginning and is blessed to have more miles of this historic 2,400 mile roadway than any other state. Miami boasts of the longest Main Street on all of Route 66 and is proud to serve as the Gateway into Oklahoma for all those traveling the mother road. Just outside of Miami is the last section of the original nine foot wide “Ribbon Road” that is listed as an Oklahoma National Historic Landmark. Although a part of the Historic Highway, this section predates Route 66, having been built in the early 1920s. Legend has it that when the road was built, Oklahoma’s budget was tight, so rather than covering half the mileage, they covered half the width. This remarkable piece of vintage pavement zigzags for 13 miles between Miami and Afton. Another small section of the original road also lies farther south in Narcissa. When planning your trip to Miami, make sure to take in all the attractions, both unique and historical so you will understand why they sing, “Life is a Highway.” Have fun as you drive through Miami and enjoy all our Main Street attractions.