Arcadia, Oklahoma: "Butch" at the Arcadia Round BarnThe caretaker at Arcadia's Red Round Barn, who is an expert on round barns, loves to talk about round barns.
- 11250 E. Highway 66, Arcadia, OK
- In town, on the north side of Rt 66.
- Gift shop 10 am - 5 pm. (Call to verify)
Visitor Tips and News About "Butch" at the Arcadia Round Barn
There's no elevator and very steep stairs to get to the upstairs area of the historic barn. The dome ceiling is constructed in a basket weave design. Pretty impressive. I think they rent it out for special events.[vicki stevison, 09/04/2014]
Butch does tours Tuesday-Saturday. Another great character is Sam -- dressed in cowboy gear, he works on Mondays. Sam also owns the old filling station down Route 66.[Ron Renken, 08/06/2011]
For the past few months the Red Round Barn -- a traditional stop for travelers cruising Route 66 -- has been at the center of a simmering controversy. A big city media company bought a tiny plot of land next to the barn and erected a 40-foot-tall billboard on it. The Arcadia historical society says that the billboard blocks views of the barn from Route 66 and gets into everyone's photos. The big city media company said it will gladly move the billboard -- if its opponents pay for it. The barn boosters say they don't have that kind of money.[Roadsideamerica.com Team, 07/25/2011]
Just like it sounds, it's a round barn, with a gift shop attached. It's picturesque, sorta, but I'm not sure it would have much of a draw beyond roadside attraction junkies if it wasn't: A. Located on Route 66 and, B. Walking distance from Pop's Soda Ranch. If you're at one, hey, might as well see the other.[Brendan R., 03/20/2011]
The caretaker of the Red Round Barn in Arcadia, named Butch, is quite a character. He documents everything there is to know about round barns and collects pictures from all over the US of round barns. He is also an artist and sells original ink drawings of various barns and local historical ephemera for ONE dollar. Yes, one dollar. The barn itself is quaint, but the attraction is definitely Butch.[Mark, 05/22/2004]
The barn was built in 1898, its roof collapsed in 1988, and then it was rebuilt to its original glory by a group of local retirees that called themselves the Over the Hill Gang. Sounds like Butch was a member.