April 13, 2018 -- The Milk Bottle Building
Milk Bottle Grocery building in Oklahoma City is the type of historic Route 66 establishment that you can miss only if your eyes are closed. Constructed in 1930, the tiny, 350-square foot triangular commercial building of red brick is located on a speck of real estate smack in the right-of-way of a busy urban thoroughfare. It sits at an old streetcar stop along a line that ran diagonally through the area.
The milk bottle was added in 1948 as an advertising gimmick for the then current occupant. Located near the Chinatown part of Oklahoma City, it is certainly a “Mother Road must-see”. Built of sheet metal, the eye-catching milk bottle was, and still is, a funky advertising gimmick for the dairy industry. Over the years, lettering and logos on this classic icon have been painted and repainted to accommodate a long line of milk related promotions.
Over the decades, this modest but well-situated building has continued to draw a wide range of commercial ventures, including a dry-cleaners, a realty office, the Classen Fruit Market, a barbecue “shak,”, The Triangle Grocery, and (currently) a Vietnamese sandwich shop that serves great Bahn Mi style sandwiches (cash only). It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.