ORGANIZATION OF TRAIL ASSOCIATIONS AND U. S. HIGHWAYS.
Much of the valuable work which was done through the Chamber of Commerce was the result of the sponsorship of the various trail associations. The Chamber of Commerce sponsored the initial organization of the Osark Trail Association
coming from Springfield, Missouri, through Tulsa, Oklahoma City, to Amarilla, Texas; and the Albert Pike Association (organized Jan 29,1917) from Colorado Springs through Enid, Tulsa, Muskogee, Fort Smith, to Hot Springs, Arkansas.
During thisss formative period the membership of the Chamber of Commerce and towns through which these roads were promoted spent thousands of dollars in the marking and improvement of these roads. Much of the publicity and the good work done by the Highway Depart of the Chamber of Commerce resulted later in the promotion of members of the committee to State positions which resulted in having the Ozark Trail become U. S. 66 and the Albert Pike trail becoming 64, and later the organization of U. S. 75.. With the creation of the State Highway Department in 1923 two of the active members of the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce Highway Department, namely; Avery and Guthrey, became officials of the State Highway Department and because of this connection of them (Avery) was appointed by the U. S. Bureau of Roads to the Joint Board in 1925 that laidout and marked all the U.S. Highways and he later became a member of the sub-committee of five which designated the numbering of our U.S. Highway system. U. S. 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles via Tulsa and Oklahoma City was the direct result of Tulsa Chamber of Commerce representation on this most important U. S. Project. U. S. 66 has been rightfully christianed the Main Street of America and was instrumental in turning the great traffic east and west through Oklahoma, and today it is considered the great southwest route from all points east of Mississippi to the southwest.
It is doubtful whether the great advantages which Tulsa now has through these three U. S. Highways would have been obtained if the Chamber of Commerce had not,