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Milk Bottle Building

2426 N Classen, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73106 USA

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“you can only miss it if your eyes are closed”

Milk Bottle Grocery 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 across Classen Boulevard, which served as a segment of Route 66’s original Oklahoma City alignment. Subsequent realignments of the highway, first along Western Avenue and then on 23rd Street, remained only a stone’s throw from the site. If conducting business in a tiny brick store in the middle of a city street is not remarkable enough, the towering milk bottle perched on the store’s flat roof confirms that the Milk Bottle Grocery is a Mother Road must see. Built of sheet metal around 1948, the eye catching milk bottle was, and still is, a funky advertising gimmick for the dairy industry. The building’s tight spatial restrictions--hemmed in on all sides by roadway--no doubt determined the milk bottle’s rooftop locale. With only inches to spare beyond its walls, the only place left to go was up.  

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Reviewed by
mnbijoux

  • 6 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
April 03, 2021
Rated 3.0

Cute little building in an interesting section of OKC. Across the street from a War memorial. Good 2 for 1 stop to stretch the legs. The history of the operating businesses in that tiny building was interesting. The mural on the side of the building is cool!

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Reviewed by
bmccanse

  • 2 Reviews
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November 14, 2019

Yup, a milk bottle on a tiny speck of real estate. Just down the street is a faceted golden domed building not currently in use, but also an interesting drive-by.

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Cin

  • 57 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
July 06, 2016
Rated 2.0

Eh, nothing really to see. If you're driving by, take a look. But I wouldn't go out of my way to see it.

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Caroline

  • 15 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
June 24, 2016
Rated 3.0

Nothing spectacular about it, but cute nonetheless.

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Reviewed by
Beth

  • 28 Reviews
  • 35 Helpful
November 10, 2015
Rated 3.0

On our way to somewhere else, we saw the building and bottle.... OMG, that the bottle and building I saw on Roadtrippers. That is about all there is to say. Maybe you will want to get out and take a photo, but probability not.

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Reviewed by
lkron

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
September 29, 2014

A big bottle on top of a tiny brick building reminds of a bygone era.

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lkron

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September 29, 2014

A big bottle on top of a tiny brick building reminds of a bygone era.

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Milk Bottle Building

2426 N Classen
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
73106 USA

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