A whole host of memorabilia from the venerable Calmez Hotel is making its way to the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum for display on the Route 66 icon set to be dedicated June 26. Museum Director Pat Smith, left, holds a brick from the demolished structure while Karen Hinz has a spittoon from the Calmez and Casey Garrett is holding a ceiling wall tile from the building.

New exhibit to bring back memories of Clinton’s 66 icon Calmez Hotel

   It may be long gone from the Clinton skyline, but the city’s once-famed Route 66 icon, the Calmez Hotel, continues to linger on in fond memory, and soon, the prairie skyscraper will be the subject of a new exhibit at the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum.

   Museum Director Pat Smith said the ambitious exhibit will have visitors stepping into an elaborate display that looks just like the lobby of the hotel.

   As with all the museum exhibits, this one will extensively tell the story of the Calmez in its heyday when everyone from 66 travelers to GIs and their brides waiting to go to the Clinton Naval Air Station at Burns Flat would stop for the night, not to mention the many civic meetings the hotel routinely hosted.

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