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Sidewalk Highway / Ribbon RoadBetween Miami and Afton, OK
The Sidewalk Highway / Ribbon Road follows the Ozark Trail and was paved in 1922 and then served as Route 66 from 1926 to 1937. Today it is divided into two sections. The other runs from a mile or so south of this location on Hwy 66 to a point just east of Afton.
If you drive this road GO SLOW, especially when rain or snow are present!
A new monument was placed at the west end of the Miami section of the Ribbon Road or Sidewalk Highway in the fall of 2012. The concrete curbs of the original roadway are easily seen in this photo. Why a 9 foot wide road? Because they had enough money to pave half the length of this section full width or the whole length at only 9 feet wide.
The inscription on the monument reads as follows:
Much of the original pavement is covered with gravel, but you can see the original pavement and curbing in many places. From this monument you go south a short way on hwy 69 to the Technical Center where you turn west onto the southern section of the Ribbon Road which takes you the rest of the way to Afton.
Directions: At the south end of Miami you have a choice of routes. For the newer (better road) route turn west at Hwy 10 (Hwy 69 / Route 66) and follow 69 to Afton.
For the Sidewalk Hwy go straight ahead at Hwy 10 (Hwy 69 / Route 66 onto 125 which also becomes E St SW as it curves west then south crossing the river then keep going straight ahead when 125 turns east.
When you get to the "T" at E 130 Rd where you have to turn, go west. This is near where the old pavement begins.
At the next "T" turn south onto S. 540 RD then west on E. 140 RD to Hwy 69. This is where the Route 66 Marker is located. This is where this section of the 9 foot wide pavement ends.
Turn south on Hwy 69. Go south to E 200 Rd (at the Tech Center) then turn west to S 520 Rd to Hwy 69 again. Cross Hwy 69 and curve right on the last little bit of the Ribbon Rd and the Will Rogers Highway Marker.