Space cowboy lands on Route 66

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Space Cowboy lands on Route 66; Buck Atom's statue; 10 May 2019 (KTUL)

Route 66 plays a big role in Oklahoma’s history.

Mary Beth Babcock owns gift shop Buck Atom's Cosmic Curios on Route 66.

“Tulsa, this for you and Route 66," Babcock screamed to the crowd.

A crowd gathered at the gift shop to watch the 21 feet tall Buck Atom statue erected in front of the store.

"It's the landing of Buck Atom. He has finally arrived from space," she said.

It's been Babcock’s dream to bring the space cowboy to life.

"I’m hoping with this Buck Atom muffler man, I hope that he helps with revitalization of Route 66," she said.

Ron Jones, from Bartlesville, came to witness the statue in person.

Route 66 has a special place in his heart as he has over 170 Route 66 tattoos.

"They're all, in a way, they all have their own meaning," Jones said about his many tattoos.

Jones loves that there is a special Route 66 roadside attraction close to home.

"That's unbelievable. I know it's a heck of a job, but they have a pad for it and everything. So, it's going to be pretty nice when it gets set up," he said.

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While Atom will always be from space, he won't be doing any more intergalactic missions.

If you want to see the giant statue in person, the gift shop is having an official Buck Atom launch party on Saturday morning at 10.