Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Obituary of Route 66's Laurel Richards Kane-- Part 1

From the Feb. 14, 2016, Tulsa (Ok) World.

"Along a once thriving stretch of Route 66 in Afton, Oklahoma, is a vintage service station where visitors from around the world fins, and later seek out, a welcome and a smile from Laurel Kane."  As fine of an epitaph as you can get for this wonderful person who help make Route 66 so much fun.

That is what you would get when you stopped.  It was like talking with an old friend, and Laurel seemed to regard anyone driving the old road as her friend, even ones she just met.  Any time we were in the area, her place was a must stop for Liz and me if it was open.

The 30s-era service station was bought by Laurel and then-husband David Kane in 1998.  In 2001, they opened it as the Afton station where it functioned as a welcome center and a museum for Laurel's Route 66 memorabilia and postcards as well as husband David's collection of restored vintage Packard automobiles.


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