World's Largest Pop Bottle.

World's Largest Pop Bottle and Store

Field review by the editors.

Arcadia, Oklahoma

In 2007 a minimalist 66-foot-tall soda bottle sculpture named "Bubbles," and an accompanying soda-centered roadhouse named "Pops," debuted on Route 66. They were the vision of fracking billionaire Aubrey K. McClendon, who owned much of the surrounding land.

Bubbles is made out of stacked steel hoops augmented with thousands of color-shifting LEDs -- one of the first pieces of public art to use this after-dark gimmickry. Pops is known for its selection of over 700 varieties of soda, sparkling water, and other bottled refreshment. When we asked Pops' marketing director how the beverages were chosen, she answered, "We Googled a lot."

The pyramid-angled windows of Pops are lined with shelves of bottled soda, glued down to prevent accidents, in a variety of colors. Sunlight streaming through the soda creates an effect similar to stained-glass windows.

McClendon, age 56, was reportedly on his way to Pops when he crashed his car head-on into a bridge abutment on March 2, 2016. The previous day, he'd been federally indicted for bid-rigging oil and gas leases. McClendon was traveling an estimated 88 mph and wasn't wearing a seat belt, but friends and local officials insisted that his death wasn't a suicide. They said that McClendon was just a really bad, reckless diver.

Soda pop display (glued in place).
Soda pop display (glued in place).

World's Largest Pop Bottle and Store

Pops 66 Soda Ranch

Address:
660 W. Highway 66, Arcadia, OK
Directions:
Pops 66 Soda Ranch. I-35 exit 141 (2nd St./Edmond), then drive six miles east on Hwy 66.
Hours:
Better at night. (Call to verify)
Phone:
405-928-7677
RA Rates:
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