All photos taken October 2000 by Cary B. Todd
|Looking south at the original roadway of U.S. 62/277 just southwest of exit 109 of I-44 near Newcastle. The road curves to the left just ahead and ends at a warehouse. The original Canadian River bridge is just beyond the warehouse but is inaccessible from this (north) side. This piece of roadway is used only by those going to the warehouse.
||Looking north (or eastbound) along I-44/U.S. 62 at exit 108. The steel girder bridge on the left is old U.S. 277/62, same bridge referred to in above comment.
||North (east) along old U.S. 277/62. The steel girder bridge is just beyond the jersey barriers.
||View looking south (westbound). Present I-44 on left, standing in old U.S. 62/277, which now serves as the service road. I am one mile south of the steel bridge in the previous pictures. What is particularly interesting is how the original concrete pavement is visible heading toward the south, despite its being truncated by the newer service road which curves toward the right and out of the picture. The original pavement heads directly into the bridge abuttment of the exit ramp.
||This is an ancient gas
station along the old U.S. 77 (Robinson Av & S. 29th St) in Oklahoma City. The aforementioned intersection was the northern terminus of U.S. 277. Although its not really a road, it does stand as a monument of a bygone era. It is worth mentioning that this part of OKC is probably the most run-down and "urban" part of the city. At least half of the buildings are abandoned, and the population density is very low considering it is in the middle of a large city.
||Looking south on Meridian Ave (historical U.S. 62/277) about 2 or 3 miles north of the steel girder bridge in the above pics. The building on the left side of the road is another former gas station. This one still is still occupied, currently by a tire shop/salvage. The banner reads "Bailey Corner." The 18 wheeler is an anomaly; there is NO reason for truck traffic using this road anymore.
The Lost Highway is copyright © 2005 by Jeffrey Carlyle. All photographers retain rights to their photographs. The Lost Highway was originally developed by Andy Field and Alex Nitzman for AARoads.