The Tower’s marquee is hanging in there, although a few pieces are missing. I couldn’t tell what it looked like inside — trash cans were piled up by the doors, and some sketchy people were hanging out nearby.
23rd Street might not be the neighborhood it once was, but an effort is underway to clean it up. The area is known as “Uptown Oklahoma City”, and plans call for a restored Tower Theater to be the center of redevelopment. I’m not sure how well those plans are progressing, though, since it appears new owners purchased the Tower more than two years before my visit (in 2008), and things still don’t look all that great.
Lake Overholser Bridge
Once you make your way up 23rd, then May, then 39th, you finally have a chance to put the city’s urban sprawl in your rear-view. Just beyond the community of Bethany, watch for this (somewhat scary looking) bridge at the side of OK Hwy. 66. This is the Lake Overholser Bridge, which carries the original alignment of the old Route. Beyond here, the old alignment follows the lake’s shoreline before rejoining the more modern route.
Note: This trip was first published in 2008.