Grave of The Mother of the Mother Road.

Grave of The Mother of the Mother Road

Field review by the editors.

Hydro, Oklahoma

Lucille Hamons ran the Provine Service Station, and lived in a set of rooms above the gas pumps, for nearly 60 years, until the day she died on August 18, 2000. Late in life she became a Route 66 celebrity, known for her years of hot plate breakfasts, cold beer, and friendly assistance to motorists.

Her fans probably wouldn't have minded if she had been buried under the asphalt of Route 66, but her daughters had her interred three miles away, in Hydro Masonic Cemetery.

Lucille's white tombstone is easy to spot; half of its surface area is engraved with a big Route 66 sign. The stone mentions her biography, her membership in the Oklahoma Route 66 Hall of Fame, her honorary song ("Mother of the Mother Road"), and the fact that she "Died at Home on Route 66." The grave is routinely festooned with flowers left by detouring well-wishers.

Grave of The Mother of the Mother Road

Address:
Hwy 58, Hydro, OK
Directions:
From Route 66 (or I-40 exit 88) in Hydro, turn north onto Hwy 58. Drive north, through town, for three miles. You'll see the entrance to Hydro Masonic Cemetery on the right. Look for the white gravestone with the big Route 66 logo on it.
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